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    Back up drive security
    I back up my mini-mac to a Seagate external drive..
    If the external drive is stolen would my password be needed to access the contents?
    Thanks in advance.

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    If the external drive is stolen would my password be needed to access the contents?
    No. If you wish to secure your backup drive so that a password is needed, use encryption on the external drive. (That's what FileVault is for.) Only, do not lose your password or you will not be able to access your backup drive's data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    No. If you wish to secure your backup drive so that a password is needed, use encryption on the external drive. (That's what FileVault is for.) Only, do not lose your password or you will not be able to access your backup drive's data.
    Will do. thanks much.

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    I'd sure advise on checking and using FileVault before using it and you have other easier methods available.

    Check out:
    Password Protect an External Drive in Mac OS X with Encrypted Partitions | OSXDaily

    and maybe also
    https://www.google.ca/search?client=...KMGV8Qew3YGwBQ

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    Just set up File Vault...took me 30 minutes (read a tutorial)
    How and Why to Enable FileVault Encryption on Your Mac - Page 2 of 4 - TekRevue
    Not bad for an ol' DOS & Windows 3.1 thru Windows XP user.

    ......as of the moment the estimated time to be completed is 8 hrs. remaining...external drive up next after that.
    Last edited by Backlighting; 06-22-2014 at 12:01 AM.

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    Write and store that password somewhere.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    ok I will
    live long & prosper...

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    Wow, finally finished with the encryption of the hard drive & external drive.
    Each took several hrs. No noticeable change in the computer's performance.
    live long & prosper...

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