Question on Encrypting second drive with user folder

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by Brammy, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. Brammy macrumors 65816

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    Greetings,

    I'm planning on dropping a second drive into my MacBook Pro 2011. I had an ultrabay in there and took it out a while back. My question is on encryption. Right now, I have a 400g SSD. I am going to add a 256g SSD.

    Ideally, I'd have the 256 in the main slot as my boot/app drive and then the 400g as my user drive. The current 400g is encrypted with Filevault.

    The main question I have is, I know I can encrypt the second drive no problem but I need to enter the password in to access the drive. Does this mean I really can't use that drive as my user folder? My gut feeling is that the password lock would mess up the OS trying to load my ~/Library folder. IF that's the case, I'll just throw some large-sized files on the second drive like my Lightroom libary.
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Not with the second drive encrypted... no. The system will boot and won't be able to see the users folder since it is still locked. I would just put some of the large users subfolders like Maybe Music or Pictures or whatever on the second drive.
     
  3. Brammy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks,

    That's what I thought.
     

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