Is my HDD encrypted?

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  1. Texas_Toast macrumors 6502

    Texas_Toast

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    This may sound like a funny question, but how can I bee 100% certain that my external HDD is encrypted?

    I have 10.8.5 and used FileVault2 to do a full-disk encryption, but would like some reassurance that I didn't screw things up and that my external HDD can't be hacked into.

    It would be a shame to think I am secure when I am not!

    Thanks,


    Larry
     
  2. DeltaMac macrumors 604

    DeltaMac

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    Several methods that should show your encryption.

    Open Disk Utility, and select your external hard drive, then open the Info window in Disk Utility. Should show in the list "Encrypted: Yes"
    Connect your drive to some other Mac. Won't mount without the passphrase.
     
  3. Texas_Toast thread starter macrumors 6502

    Texas_Toast

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    If I see "Encrypted Logical Partition" in Disk Utility, and it won't mount if I don't enter the correct password, that someone (e.g. NSA) could still get into my external clone?

    Just want to be doubly sure that I encrypted my backup clone properly.
     
  4. DeltaMac macrumors 604

    DeltaMac

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    No - if it is encrypted, then you have done well.
    That is, File Vault did that for you.
    If you are a person of interest to one of those 3-letter agencies - then all bets are off.
    (Try not to be paranoid about that, as it will likely take a few hundred years of computer time to recover your encryption key :D )
     
  5. Texas_Toast thread starter macrumors 6502

    Texas_Toast

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    Well, after the San Bernardino and Apple incident, I am definitely paranoid about protecting what is on my MacBook.

    And after the news yesterday, it seems like nothing is safe from the government anymore?!
     

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