Home > Questions

No encrypted option while formatting USB in Disk Utility

I just picked up a "USB stick",  though I don't see that option, I was expecting to format it with a password using the Disk Utility. I see MS-DOS (FAT), MacOS Extended (Journaled), MacOS Extended (Case-Sensitive, Journaled), and exFAT, but I don't see any options for setting up passwords. Has the support for volume passwords been discontinued completely, or is that option simply not available for USB sticks? (Or am I missing anything or looking in the wrong spot?)

Best Answered by

iBoysoft author Amanda Wong

Amanda Wong

Answered on Wednesday, April 24, 2024

It seems that you selected the wrong scheme while formatting the USB drive on Mac so that the encrypted option is not visible. On macOS 10.13 and later, the Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted) and Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled, Encrypted) file systems have been removed.

If you select the top level of the USB drive in Disk Utility, on the pop-up window, there is a Scheme box, you need to select it as GUID Partition Map, then click the Format box, the following file formats on macOS 10.13 and later should be available on the list:

  • APFS
  • APFS (Encrypted)
  • APFS (Case-sensitive)
  • APFS (Case-sensitive, Encrypted)
  • Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
  • Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)
  • ExFAT
  • MS-DOS

Therefore, if you want to encrypt the USB drive while formatting it in Disk Utility, you can select APFS (Encrypted) and APFS (Case-sensitive, Encrypted). If you want to encrypt the drive with Mac OS Extended, you may need to downgrade macOS.

Besides, if you want to format the drive with exFAT or FAT32, and encrypt it on Mac, you can try iBoysoft BitLocker for Mac, it enables you to encrypt an exFAT/FAT32/NTFS drive on Mac.

People Also Ask

Read More Questions

Read More Advice From iBoysoft's Computer Experts

How to reformat external hard drives on Mac

How to Reformat HDD/SSD for Mac and PC without Losing Data?

Learn how to reformat an HDD or SSD for Mac, from Mac to PC, or for both Mac and PC, and how to make your external hard drive compatible with Mac and PC without reformatting.

How to Tips

un disque inscriptible est requis 69772

Corriger l'erreur 'Un disque inscriptible est requis. : (-69772)' sur Mac

Lisez pour corriger l'erreur 'Un disque inscriptible est requis. : (-69772)' qui se produit lorsque vous effacez une clé USB dans l'Utilitaire de disque Mac. Découvrez ce que signifie l'erreur.

El error que indica error al borrar datos del volumen para evitar futuras sondas accidentales falló

[Corregido] Borrado de datos del volumen para evitar futuras sondas accidentales fallidas

¿Falló el proceso de borrado o partición con el error 'borrado de datos del volumen para evitar futuras sondas accidentales fallidas 69825'? Encuentra las soluciones en este artículo.