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How to change the encryption password of a USB Drive or an external hard drive (Change password for an encrypted device)

How to change password for encrypted external hard drive or flash drive?

We have shown in the past in a tutorial how we can password a storage device for Mac. Formatting, encryption and speech USB drive, hard disk, SSD or any other compatible storage device.

Tutorial: Partitioning and speaking (encryption) flash drive / hard drive on Mac

In the tutorial above we showed how to share an external storage unit (flash drive, External Hard Drive) in several parities and how can we password one of them. A very efficient method if we have for example an external hard disk with large storage space, il we divide into several partitions, but one of them we want to be with the password to protect our sensitive data. Pictures, videos, documents, etc.

Once a partition or entire storage drive is passworded and encrypted, it is a good idea to keep the password in a safe place. The encryption password of an external hard drive cannot be recovered. At best, when you set the password for a hard drive or flash drive, you also enter a help word or phrase to give you a clue.

If for various reasons we want to change the encryption password of a storage drive to Mac, then things are simple.

How to change the encryption password of an external hard drive or flash drive Mac

We take the scenario in which we have a flash drive SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 of 256 GB, divided into two partitions formatted in two volumes: APFS si APFS Encrypted (with password). At the end, called "Stealth"We want to change his password.

1. To change the password of a partition / volume, we must first know the current password. Enter the volume encryption password. “Enter a password to unlock the disk".

Enter a password to unlock the disk
Enter a password to unlock the disk.

2. Open the Disk Utility (by default on macOS), and in the left bar select the encrypted volume for which we want to change the password.
Once selected we go to a menu at: FilletChange Password...

Change Password
Change Password

3. A dialog box will open in which we have to enter the old encryption password, then twice the new password and a word or a help phrase, in case we forget it.

Set new password

Click on the "Change" button to change the password.

This operation of changing the password of an encrypted external hard drive or flash drive will not affect the data stored on that volume.

And as a clarification, an external hard disk or encrypted flash drive APFS will never be able to be accessed on Windows PC. Normally no simple APFS formatted disk can be accessed if on Windows no specific drivers and applications are installed to read APFS volumes.

How to change the encryption password of a USB Drive or an external hard drive (Change password for an encrypted device)

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