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I believe there is a misconception of how data encryption works on current SSDs. Data are written from the host to the device in 8bit/10bit format. On the level of the link layer the data are converted back to 8bit /byte format and then sent to the cache (either DRAM or SRAM). If the controller supports encryption (most of them do) the data are then ...
MacOS 10 does not autorun. You should be fine. Just don't go clicking and opening things from the drive of unknown history. If you have pre-Windows-7 Windows machines turn off autorun before connecting random drives to them.
USB flash drive with a hardware write-protect switch are available , though you'll have to go to some effort to pick one up. That page also details some software tricks that I don't recommend but might work for non-sophisticated threats.
USB Thumb drives are super super cheap - you can play it safe by eating $2-15 depending on the quantity of data. Alternatively boot up a machine you can wipe, copy the files to it, copy the files, mount the customer drive on the temp box, copy files from temp box to customer drive, reimage (wipe clean) the temp box.
If you connect the disk, don't open it, and just send the files to it, then there's almost no risk at all. If your system is originally clean, malware cannot magically move themselves from the USB disk to your system. Plus, Mac OS X doesn't have an autorun capability for USB drives. It never has. The only theoretical risk I can think of, is if the attacker ...
I believe all Mac OS 10+ versions disabled the auto run feature so even if there were a virus on it, if you are simply copying files it would never start unless you intentionally ran the program. I would say you are very safe in attaching and copying the files with no ill effects. If it were Windows I say would there is a lot of worry. If you are that ...
Another scenario: Download, install and update a free anti-virus software Disable autorun from USB on your mac Connect USB Run a direct anti-virus scan against the USB drive Take only the files you require from the USB drive
One possible scenario: boot a live distribution from stick (use your fav) mount your local disc as read-only copy files from the local disk to your costumers external drive
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