The Disk Utility application in MacOS Big Sur (11.0.1 (20B29)) no longer provide the option to create "MacOS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)" partitions.

Is there any other way to create HFS+ Journaled Encrypted partitions under Big Sur without needing to boot up Catalina (or booting up a VM containing one)?

HFS+ is still useful for rotational drives, since APFS' performance on these mechanical disks are rather abysmal. These drives are still very much useful and a cost-effective option for storing large amounts of data.

  • Can't you right-click on the volume in Finder and encrypt it from there?
    – nohillside
    Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 7:20
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    Last time I did that, it converted the partition into APFS.
    – adib
    Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 8:09
  • Indeed (I just tried) :-(
    – nohillside
    Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 8:23
  • I'd appreciate an answer too. Also here right-clicking an HFS+ volume and then choosing "Encrypt" auto converts it to APFS.
    – porg
    Commented Jul 21, 2022 at 22:43


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