How can i block "unauthorized use" of firewire hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by redAPPLE, Mar 29, 2004.

  1. redAPPLE macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops

    here is my story. i have a couple of firewire hard drives with data that should not be erased.

    the fw drive is connected to my g4. but... once another mac (in this case an iBook) of a friend is connected to the fw drive, the iBook is authorized to alter the files (EVEN DELETE THEM).

    can someone please guide me how to keep my files safe, maybe show me a website that does or even a book where i can read up on file security especially in the mac platform.

    thank you.
  2. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    hmm. i'm not sure if it's possible to make external devices mountable only for one machine...

    you may want to change the permission of the drive so only you can modify it?

    if it's *that* precious, you should probably have it locked away when not in use, but i guess it could be serving something?
  3. bennetsaysargh macrumors 68020


    Jan 20, 2003
    New York
    permissions don't work unless if it's on that same computer. im not really sure on this one if there's a way to do what you want. isn't there something on the hd (the physical hard drive) to make it read only?
  4. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC

    I assume the "other" ibook is physically connected to the FW drive using a cable.

    The best way to keep you files safe is don't let your buddy at that drive at all. Like jxyama said...Lock it up man!
  5. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says....You may wishg to have a look at the PGP 8.03 Suite - it has a disk encryption tool. I have not checked out all the specs etc to see if it's exactlt what you want to do but it looks like it is worth your time to investigate.....oh yeah!
  6. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    and here i thought i was doing something wrong. yeah, that's really stupid and frustrating. that stuff works naturally w/ unix, what did apple do to make it not work? now it's positively PC-like in its idiocy.

    arghhhhh!!!! i'm frustrated.

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