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dmd2486 08-12-2005 10:39 AM

Help Me!!
Hi, I have recently bought an external HD of 500GB for doing my backups. Now my problem is the following: Is there any posible way as to put a password on the image of my HD so that any person that sees the external HD would not be able to see my HD image? (Using SuperDuper!)


dnanian 08-12-2005 11:32 AM

Not on your HD, no. But if you use a sparse image (see this FAQ), you can password protect the Sparse Image, so your files are protected.

dmd2486 08-12-2005 11:45 AM

Sorry to be a bother, but I can't see on my superduper! options where I can select to make a sparse image. Could you tell me the exact steps so as to apply the password on this disk image. Oh I forgot that I am using a Mac interface.


dnanian 08-12-2005 11:51 AM

Did you take a look at FAQ I linked to? If not, take a look there. It explains what to do to use a Sparse Image, and all you'll need to do, in addition, is select the option, in Disk Utility, that encrypts the image you create.

ChicagoLarry 07-28-2007 03:58 PM

Clarity re creating password protection
Hi Dave,

May I humbly suggest maybe re-writing this step to make it even clearer for us two-year-olds?

In the FAQ you cite, you say:

"6. Decide whether or not you want the image encrypted, and choose the proper value in the Encryption pop-up."

Something that actually mentions "password" would have been more helpful to me, something like:

"6. If you want the image to be password protected, select a value in the Encryption pop-up."

The reason for my suggestion is that I think some of us see "encryption" and we think, No, I don't want my data encrypted, I just want it password protected. So we proceed without "encryption," thinking the opportunity to select a password will come later. Adding the word "password" into that step somewhere would give us a better clue.

I still don't have a clue about the "value" for the encryption, but if the first half of the sentence tells me to go for it, to get to a field for entering a password, that's fine. I don't need a clue about the "value" selection since there is only one choice.

It's been a while since I created a sparse image, so I looked up the recipe here and kinda stumbled at this point. Not that you weren't correct, of course, but some of us just need a lot of hand holding (which you are great at, thank you very much).

This is just for what it's worth, no reply required. By the way, the several people I've introduced to SuperDuper still thank me from time to time. We all love it.


dnanian 07-28-2007 04:08 PM

Sorry, Larry -- I used "Encryption" because that's what Apple used, and it seemed to be the best way to refer the the existing UI element and approach...

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