9 Replies Latest reply: Jul 20, 2011 1:05 PM by Linc Davis
black6 Level 2 (160 points)

Firstly my Lion install was a breeze with no problems, thanks Apple, downloaded and installed within 80mins.

 

I hear filevault and been totally re-vamped (not that i see it)..  I also heard it would be possible to encrypt not just your mac HD but other HDs including externals.

 

I run a Macbook Pro with an SSD boot drive and the standard 750gb now resides where the DVD used to be as a storage drive curtacy of optibay.  I would like to encrypt both if possible and maybe even some external HDs i use.  I don't want to go the PGP route if possible.

 

I guess i was expecting some awesome new interface in the Filevault tab but nothings changed...

 

Any help?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 2011, 120gb MercuryPRO 6G SSD, 8GB
  • Pondini Level 8 (38,740 points)

    There should be a different option to turn File Vault on in Security, for your OSX volume.

     

    Use Disk Utility (in your Applications/Utilities folder) for other drives.

     

    There are new options for the encrypted formats (the disk must have the GUID partition map scheme).

     

    Do be aware that those volumes will not be readable by Macs not running Lion, and that if you forget the password, your data is lost forever.

     

    Personally, I'd wait a while before diving into that.

  • black6 Level 2 (160 points)

    Ahh i see the option in disk utility now.. Thanks Pondini. 

     

    So i would asume by that i can only use the feature if i re-format the drive?  I can't just encrypt an external drive that is already full of information right?

  • Pondini Level 8 (38,740 points)

    black6 wrote:

    . . .

    So i would asume by that i can only use the feature if i re-format the drive?  I can't just encrypt an external drive that is already full of information right?

    In most cases, no.

     

    The exceptions are:

     

    • Turning it on for your OSX volume, via System Prefs > Security.

     

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,784 points)

    ...if you forget the password, your data is lost forever.

     

    You can optionally store a "recovery key" with Apple.

  • Pondini Level 8 (38,740 points)

    I believe that's only for an OSX volume.

  • black6 Level 2 (160 points)

    Great help thanks Pondini...  I encrypted some external drives i use for work and my time machine drive (thanks to your blog).  i think i'll leave filevault alone because i already have a large login password.

     

    Awesome

     

    Cheers!

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,784 points)

    I believe that's only for an OSX volume.

     

    I haven't looked into it yet, but if that's true, the passwords to other volumes would be in your Keychain.

  • Pondini Level 8 (38,740 points)

    Only if you choose to do so:

     

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  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,784 points)

    OK, then we now know one way to eliminate the risk of a forgotten password. You'd have to store your Keychain password somewhere on the boot volume.