Password protect an external drive

Discussion in 'macOS' started by 199708, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. 199708 macrumors 6502

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    How can I password protect my external 1tb so each time i plug in the USB, it asks for a password to access the drive?

    its formatted in the mac journal format. containing a lot of personal information.


    any help would be useful :)
     
  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

    SilentPanda

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    Most will recommend you instead just create an encrypted disk image on the drive. Then you can put private stuff in that disc image and non-private outside of that.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1578
     
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    I like using TrueCrypt because it's supported across platforms (Windows and Linux can use it). It won't automatically prompt you for a password, but it cannot be accessed until you mount it.
     
  4. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

    SilentPanda

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    Truecrypt is a nice alternative. Although if you use that you'll need to make sure your drive format is appropriate for cross platform usage if that's a need you have.
     

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