Creating a Passworded/Locked Folder

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by farqueue, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. farqueue macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2006
    How do i create a folder in OS X which requires password access to?
  2. ftaok macrumors 601


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    I'm sure there's an easy way to do that. I don't know.

    But I do have an alternative. Use Disk Utility to create a Disk Image. Size it for whatever you want, or make it a ballooning image. Put a password on it for mounting, make sure you don't put that password on the Keychain.

    Now, whenever you need access to that image, double click it and it'll prompt you for a password. Eject it when finished. Leave the image on the desktop or in the dock if you like.

  3. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Disk Utility -> New Blank Image -> Set size generously, Encryption to AES-128 and Format to sparse disk image (that way the image will only take up the space of whatever you put into it). Choose a safe password and verify it but remember to uncheck the Remember password (add to Keychain) check box (this also applies the first time you open it).

    Picture 2.jpg

    You will then get a sparseimage file that opens up like any disk image, but requires password to do so.

    Picture 4.jpg

    Edit: Too slow... shouldn't have bothered with the screenshots... :p
  4. farqueue thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2006

    Oh thank you
    The pics helped a lot :D

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