Is there a way to hide or encrypt drives and folders on an admin account

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ehof, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. ehof macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2015
    I'm working on a shared computer/network and need to work from my external harddrives. I will be using an admin account which is shared. Is there a way for me to use encrypted hard drives without giving anyone on the network access to them or at least sea their content? the total size of the external drives is 30TB. The computer does not belong to me which is why I cannot create another user.

    Many thanks!
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Sure... just right click the drive in Finder and select encrypt. Just make sure you do not save the password in Keychain as other users could see it. When you are done with the drive, eject it and nobody else will be able to see your data on there.

    Another way would be to create and encrypted disk image with Disk Utility then put your files or folders inside that image. Instructions at this link.
  3. ehof, Apr 30, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2017

    ehof thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2015
    Thank you so much for your suggestion. However, I suspect that this may not work as people on the network will still be able to access the drives as soon as I enter the password.

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