How to password / encrypt a USB Stick - macOS / OS X Encrypted Flash Drive

A USB Stick is the most reliable solution for data portability. Within the available storage space, pictures, movies, documents, programs, applications and other more or less important data can be saved on it.
The USB stick, however, has a big disadvantage. The lower it is, the more likely we are to lose it, and the data stored on it to reach strangers or people who should not have access to its content.
The best solution to protect our data stored on a flash drive (USB stick) Is its encryption password.

How can we encrypt and password a USB Stick on macOS or OS X?

1. First, connect the stick to the Mac and we are not sure that the data we need. All content will be removed during the encryption process.

2. open application disk Utility (application installed on all OS X / macOS systems) and select from the left, flash drive that we want to encrypt. In our case: Kingston DataTraveler Media 2.0.


3. After selecting it, click on the button "Erase”/“ Delete ”from top of the Disk Utility application. In the box that opens, choose a name for the USB memory (“encrypted memoryIn our case), and atFormat”Select the option: Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)


4. A dialog box will open asking you to enter the password twice for encryption and a "hint" to remind you which password you chose.


5. Click "Choose" then click "Erase" in the other dialog box. The encryption process will erase all existing data on the USB memory and set a password for accessing the data.

Upon completion of the encryption process, you have a USB stick password.

encrypted flash drive

Done. ;-)

Disconnect and reconnect the USB memory to the Mac, to test whether it was encrypted properly. When reconnecting to a wax You set your password in an encrypted format.


You can choose to check the box "Remember this password in my keychain”So you don't have to enter your password every time you access the USB stick on your Mac.

As a complement, the stored content will not be accessible in any way from one Windows PC.

How to password / encrypt a USB Stick - macOS / OS X Encrypted Flash Drive

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