PGP disk encryption question

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  1. Mac Questions macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2010
    I have my internal hard drive (running 10.5) encrypted with PGP Whole Disk on my internal hard disk. I want to buy a new Mac and I have a full backup.

    Can I remove my internal drive, put it in an enclosure, connect it to another Mac with PGP installed, and mount it as a standard PGP encrypted whole disk?
  2. mintimperial69 macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2010
    Pgp Wde Hdd

    Yes this is a common use case.

    As long as you have the passphrase for the encrypted, drive and have PGP Desktop WDE installed on the system you are planning to do the accessing with this should be fine.

    The disk is encrypted to an AES256 key that is stored in multiple locations on the drive for resilience, this key is then protected with your WDE passphrase - so if you have the passphrase you can access the disk. Obviously, when working with any EncryptinessTM, it is good practice to back up your critical data - at least until you have verified that you have access with your new configuration. ;)

    The KB at has a lot of useful info on this an other procedures, and dependant on your support contract you could log a web request or call in to get official blessing/guidance for your particular situation.

    Hope this is helpful.


    Minty the Guardhorse
  3. mmatyas macrumors newbie


    Oct 9, 2008
    target mode

    You don't need to remove the drive from the old machine. Just put the old machine in target mode after connecting it to the new machine. The version of PGP WDE must be the same on old and new machine.

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