New Mac Pro - Make HD Private

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by denald, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. denald macrumors newbie

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    I just got a new Mac Pro and have the family set up on it. A sign-on for me, my wife, and the kids. I also have four drives for files and backup. I want to make my 3rd drive a "private" drive that only I can access for business, tax records, finance, etc.

    Is there a way to set the drive with a password or that it will only work with my sign-on? I have looked everywhere and evidently don't understand how to do this or if it is possible.

    Thanks for any help.

    Denny
     
  2. bilbo--baggins macrumors 6502a

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    I think that user privileges and even filevault only apply to your user folder (on the startup drive). The only way I'm aware of password protecting or encrypting data on another drive is to create a disk image. Use disk utility, and choose New Blank Disk Image and select an Encryption option.

    One word of warning - if the disk image becomes corrupted you lose everything within it - so keep it carefully backed up. This apparently is also a risk with FileVault.
     
  3. Spievy macrumors regular

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    ya, right. What is really on that drive :eek:

    Seriously. You can sent up a folder on that particular drive, put all of your contents in it. The adjust the permissions (no access) to your liking.
     
  4. Spievy macrumors regular

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    Actually you might be able to adjust the permissions on the drive it self, I have not tried it though.
     
  5. denald thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That is a good idea. That way i could assign who has access. I don't care if my wife does but I don't want the kids messing anything up.

    Thanks for the posts and I will try what was suggested.

    Denny
     
  6. big dainjerus macrumors regular

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    Haha that was my first thought, good luck though to the OP.
     
  7. Salavat23 macrumors 6502

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    Why not just an external drive that you can keep in a safe?
     
  8. hayduke macrumors 65816

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    You could consider mounting and un-mounting the drive as needed. Just use Disk Utility.
     
  9. zioxide macrumors 603

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    Just set permissions so only you can access it. You can do that from the Get Info window.
     
  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Don't you need to enable ACL before you do that?
     
  11. hayduke macrumors 65816

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  12. Analog Kid macrumors 601

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    I think ACL is on by default in Leopard.
     
  13. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Ahhh, I wasn't sure if it was or not. :eek: It wasn't in Tiger...
     

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