Password Protect External Drive? (for Mac use)

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Let's Sekuhara!, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. Let's Sekuhara! macrumors 6502

    Let's Sekuhara!

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    #1
    I want to password protect the contents of an external hard disk.
    I found only one article on such a thing, and of course the authors arrogantly assume you are a Windows user. So it's of no use to me. But I was hoping someone here knew of a way to do this on a Mac.

    http://www.ehow.com/how_6774220_install-portable-hard-disk-drive.html

    The disk is formatted as OS X Extended (Journaled).

    I realize a password protected .dmg could be made and everything dragged in, but we're talking about 1TB of data here - seems like that would take forever to mount and just be impractical.

    Please let me know of any ideas you guys have!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    This is the only method I've seen that works. There is no password lock on a drive.
     
  3. mfram macrumors 65816

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    Use search. There are lots of other threads in this channel about this. The short answer is that it's quite easy to encrypt the entire drive.
     
  4. marzer macrumors 65816

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    #4
    This might get you started:
    http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/1935/lions-whole-disk-encryption
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I see from your previous posts you are on Mountain Lion. Just right click on the external drive in the Finder and select Encrypt. Done.

    More info here.
     

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