Encrypted Usb Flash Drive For Mac

  • After encrypting USB flash drive with BitLocker on Mac, we can use M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac to open/access BitLocker encrypted USB flash drive on macOS Big Sur 11/Catalina 10.15/Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/Sierra 10.12‎ and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8 Operating Systems.
  • BitLocker is a disk encryption utility on Windows that protects an entire disk from unauthorized access by adding a password to it. Although BitLocker was designed for Windows only, you might want to access the encrypted drive on a Mac sometimes. Since BitLocker is not native to Mac OS X and macOS, you may run into problems when trying to open Bitlocker encrypted external drive like a USB.

It is a wise way to protect the data of the USB flash drive or any removable devices with the BitLocker encryption in Windows 10 computer. With the strong protection, others are unable to open and read the drive contents without the password or recovery key, which is the same to you.

Does MacOS provide any drive-encryption function just like Windows OS which supports password protecting drives with BitLocker? The answer is positive yes. You can freely password protect your USB flash drive in MacOS’s Finder or Disk Utility and here are the detailed ways to encrypt a USB flash drive on Mac.

1. Encrypt a USB Flash Drive via Finder

Step 1:Insert your USB flash drive into Mac and then access Finder.

Step 2: In the Finder sidebar, right-click the USB flash drive and choose Encrypt XXX in the context menu.

Tips: If you cannot find the Encrypt XXX option, you need to password protect your USB drive with Disk Utility.

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Step 3: In the pop-out window, enter an encryption password and re-enter it to verify your password. You also need to input a password hint. Then click Encrypt Disk to start the encryption process.

2. Encrypt a USB Flash Drive with Disk Utility

Before you apply this way to put a password on your USB flash drive on Mac to protect your USB device, you have to copy your USB drive’s data to another safe storage volume because it will erase the USB drive firstly.

Step 1: Connect your USB flash drive to Mac and run Disk Utility. After that, choose your USB flash drive in the left pane.

Step 2: Click Erase in the upper toolbar.

Step 3: Create a new name for your USB drive or not. In the Format option, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted).

Step 4: Input a password to encrypt your USB drive and then enter the password again to verify it. To move on, click Choose. At last, hit Erase and your USB flash drive will be formatted and encrypted instantly.

Tips: After the process is finished, you can move your important data to the encrypted USB drive for data protection.

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How can I encrypt a USB flash drive in Windows 7/8/10 and have it readable on macOS 10.13 High Sierra/10.12 Sierra/Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan?

Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues. TrueCrypt official site suggests users to migrate from TrueCrypt to BitLocker, so up to now, BitLocker is the best and secure way to encrypt data.

Although Microsoft only released BitLocker for Windows, but with the help of M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac, BitLocker drive encryption is compatible with macOS and encryting USB flash drive with BitLocker drive encryption can be easily done.

How to encrypt USB flash drive with BitLocker on Mac?

Step 1: Insert USB flash drive into Mac computer.

Step 2: Download, install and launch M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac.

Step 3: Click 'Encrypt' button in toolbar.

Step 4: Select the partition which you want to encrypt and click Encrypt.

Step 5: Enter the password.

Step 6: Save the recovery key.

Step 7: Complete BitLocker drive encryption.

After encrypting USB flash drive with BitLocker on Mac, we can use M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac to open/access BitLocker encrypted USB flash drive on macOS Big Sur 11/Catalina 10.15/Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/Sierra 10.12‎ and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8 Operating Systems.

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How to encrypt USB flash drive with BitLocker on Windows PC?

To enable BitLocker drive encryption on a USB flash drive, do the following:

Step 1: Insert a USB flash drive to a Windows computer where installed Windows 10 Professional/Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Professional/Enterprise, Windows 7 Ultimate/Enterprise, Windows Vista Ultimate/Enterprise, Windows Server 2008/2012, only these Windows editions support BitLocker drive encryption. If you only have Windows 7/8/10 Home edition, please refer to: How to turn on BitLocker drive encryption on Windows 7/8/10 Home edition?

Step 2: Format USB flash drive into FAT32/NTFS/exFAT file system. If there is data in USB flash drive, please go to step 3.

Step 3: Right click USB flash drive in My Computer or This PC and select 'Turn on BitLocker'.

Step 4: On the 'Choose How You Want To Unlock This Drive' window, choose one or more for the following options, and then click Next:

'Use A Password To Unlock This Drive': Select this option if you want to be prompted for a password to unlock the drive. Passwords allow a drive to be unlocked in any location and to be shared with other people.

'Use My Smart Card To Unlock The Drive': Select this option if you want to use a smart card and enter the smart card PIN to unlock the drive. Because this feature requires a smart card reader, it is normally used to unlock a drive in the workplace and not for drives that might be used outside the workplace.

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Step 5: On the 'How Do You Want To Store Your Recovery Key' window, click Save The Recovery Key To A File.

Step 6: In the 'Save BitLocker Recovery Key As' window, choose a storage location and then click Save.

Step 7: On the 'Are You Ready To Encrypt This Drive' window, click Start Encrypting. Do not remove the USB flash drive until the encryption process is complete. How long the encryption process takes depends on the size of the drive and other factors.

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