My Passport Ultra: Password Protection Affect Performance?

With password protection turned on, will that slow down the performance of editing files in real-time directly off the external hard drive (My Passport Ultra)?

Previous software-based encrypted drives have handicapped the performance of my computer and I am looking for a simple alternative to password protect my files that allows me to do my job efficiently and does not slow me down.

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The password protection of the drive will lock the unit, but this should not affect the performance of the drive if it is password protected or not.