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When you encrypt your startup disk with FileVault, macOS gives you a recovery key. Does macOS also create one for external drives? If not, would it be possible to make it create one?

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The short answer is no.

When you use FileVault, you are encrypting the entire boot volume, not just a single volume or folder.

If you're looking for something where you can encrypt a removable volume (i.e. USB drive), take a look at VeraCrypt where it allows you to have both password and keyfile authentication. It's also cross platform which is definitely a plus.

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