Do mac's have the ability to set a harddrie password?

Like a pc?

So the password would be managed by the HD itself rather than BIOS/Open Firmware/OS X/...???
Here's what I wrote before Discussions went down for a few minutes (Or so it seemed)... So far, I've never heard about any HD read/write protection.
"I think you are referring to the BIOS password (=require password before booting), which would be equivalent to an Open Firmware protection. However, I'm not too familiar with PCs for obvious reasons.
Be aware that (without using encryption like FileVault) any password on a PC or Mac can be bypassed more or less easily as long as you have physical access to the machine. Worst case, you take a screwdriver and pop out the harddrive... Passwords are just making it more difficult, not impossible.
True security can only be achieved by encrypting specific files (Disk Images created with Disk Utility) or your entire home folder (FileVault). That comes with other risks though like loosing your FileVault password. Always keep unencrypted backups!!!"

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