Working with removable devices

Before working with removable devices, make sure you have been assigned a policy and key that allow you to encrypt files on removable media.

  1. Connect the removable device.
  2. A dialog, asking if you want to encrypt plain files on the device, appears. Click Yes to start encryption. If you click NO these files stay plain but you have access to files on the device that are already encrypted. Regardless of your selection, new files on the device will always be encrypted according to the policy.
  3. The files on your device will be encrypted automatically. This is indicated by the system menu icon wheel rotating.
  4. As soon as all files on your device are encrypted, the wheel rotation stops.
  5. Eject the removable device. The corresponding Secured Folder icon disappears automatically.

    To be able to exchange and modify data on removable devices between two parties, both parties must have the corresponding policy and key assigned. No personal keys can be used. For the exchange between Windows and Mac OS X clients, the device must be formatted using FAT32. Since the file format cannot be displayed in the Finder, you have to use Disk Utility to check the file system. For the Windows client, a data exchange policy is necessary. The media passphrase functionality is only available for Windows. From a Mac OS X client, the data can be accessed only if corresponding policies of type File Encryption are defined.