Disk encryption...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by H2SO4, May 25, 2018.

  1. H2SO4 macrumors 601

    Nov 4, 2008
    Hi all. Very brief question.
    If I format a disk as Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted), and then proceed to install my OS on it, is this any different than installing to a regular Mac OS Extended (Journaled) disk and then choosing to enable Filevault from System Preference?

    Thanks all.
  2. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    The underlying encryption is the same. If you choose the former, then you will need to supply a password and will not have the option to create a recovery key that you can store it with your Apple ID. You can enable the account-based unlocking and generate a recovery key on your own later on though (though you need to store it yourself).

    I would generally recommend that you enable FileVault instead.
  3. H2SO4 thread starter macrumors 601

    Nov 4, 2008
    Lovely, thanks for your input I will do that.

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