One Mac Pro/ Two Users privacy on external drives (HDD)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JJ330200, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. JJ330200 macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2017

    Does anyone have an idea on how to set up a Mac Pro for 2 users but each user to have access to their own external HDD?
    Are we looking at a NAS or a DAS with an extension of permissions?
    Hard to keep privacy when you External Hard Drive is not portable...

    Any Ideas?

  2. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68020

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    You can enforce user access on external drives, but with an admin account, you can also disable this feature by unchecking a box in system preferences, IIRC.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You could setup two, encrypted partitions on the external so that each user would need to unlock the encrypted volume to access files.
  4. JJ330200 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2017
  5. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    The only thing I can think of is encryption, with each user only knowing their specific password. Any other solution (save for a dedicated encrypted NAS with built-in user management) is easily bypassable.
  6. Jimios macrumors member


    Nov 7, 2015
    If it's two separate HDDs, you can have them both encrypted with Disk Utility and each user account can automatically unlock the respective HDD if you choose to save the password to the system Keychain.

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