How can I password protect folders on my Mac?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by gangst, Aug 8, 2006.

  1. gangst macrumors 6502a

    Dec 27, 2004

    I have a few folders on my Mac which I would like to password protect.
    How do I go about doing this? I tried using FileVault, but it said it neede 3887GB of hard drive space to create a copy of my home folder?

    Is there any other ways to do this in Mac OS X, or are there programs which will do this for me?

    Thanks for any help.
  2. gekko513 macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    The easiest way is to make an encrypted disk image using Disk Utility. Select New Disk Image and, choose your size and select AES-128 encryption. When you double click the disk image, it mounts like a CD or like the disk images that most 3rd party OS X software downloads in.
  3. HughJ macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2006
    Norwich UK
  4. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
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    And if you choose the sparse disk image format it will only use whatever space the contents is using (plus a little bit for overhead)... up to the point where the image is filled up, of course. At that point, make a new, larger one and move the stuff over... :)

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