Passworded areas on external disk

I have a mixed Mac / Pc network that I share with my kids. I am thinking about adding a external harddisk + airport extreme to the network for general sharing use.

I need to be able to have a area, folder or partishion on the harddisk that can be only accessed via password or from certain logons with the rest of the disk is freely accessable.

Is this possible?

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    You could edit the sharing and permissions of certain folders. Other users could still see the files but wouldn't be able to read/write to them.
    I wouldn't recommend having a partition as I found the AE read/write speeds drop massively, with occasional freeze ups of the HDD. (May just be me) The external works really well un partitioned though.
    Second option you could create a disk image using disk utility and encrypt it. Depends what you want to cordon off. But first option is prob best.