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I have a large external drive that I would like to encrypt using my laptop. Based on the size of the drive, I believe the encryption will take several days. I would really like to be able to unplug and move my laptop during this time, which would thus necessitate a way to pause the encryption process. Answers such as this one give good procedures for the encryption, but do not mention pausing. man diskutil does not seem to mention anything about pausing, nor can I find any options for it when using the OSX GUI.

I am quite wary about just ejecting the drive during the encryption process (though it is a new drive so I wouldn't actually lose data). Is there any way to pause the encryption process?

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