external HDD privacy?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by magichat, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. magichat macrumors newbie

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    if you have a bootable external HDD (or any external HDD that had all the programs you need), and you were using it to work on, would there be any way to tell on the main HDD that an external HDD was used or traces of what programs were used or documents/files were opened on the main HDD?

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  2. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Modification dates on files would be changed. An experienced person could take care of that, however.

    Are you worried about somebody starting your Mac off of an external hard drive?
     
  3. magichat thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the quick reply.

    no, the opposite. my job uses a lot of sensitive info and i don't want to use my external on another computer and leave data on that computer, including sensitive personal info, passwords, etc. so if i use the external for all my work (saved files, etc), will the info still show on the computer's main HDD?
     
  4. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    No. But there is a way of encrypting data on OS X, and depending on how much "sensitive info" you've got, it might be easiest to just go that route.
     

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