FileVault is a system which encrypts files on a Macintosh computer. It can be found in the Mac OS X v10.3 "Panther" operating system and later.

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How do I resize a FileVault 2 encrypted partition?

Running Mac OS X Lion. My current setup is a 250 GB partition, encrypted by FileVault2, for Lion. Old Snow Leopard install is in second half, another 250 GB partition, unencrypted, of the same disk. ...
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is there a way to stop mac osx disk encryption in progress?

I chose a 1T external drive for time machine and checked the "encrypt backups" option. I thought it will only encrypt the backups, but as it seems it is now encrypting the whole drive which has quite ...
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Reclaiming deleted disk space from file vault

I have my main user account encrypted with file vault. After deleting some data (like 20 GB) my free space on the hard drive hasn't change (yes I emptied the trash, confirmed that the files are ...
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Mac OS X full-disk encryption, with Time Machine

I want to encrypt at least my home partition on my MacBook Pro running OS X 10.5. I know both File Vault and TrueCrypt would do this, but I also want to keep on using Time Machine to back up my ...
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Why does OS X automatically logout my user?

I have a new MacBook Air set up with FileVault. In the Security Preference pane I have "Require password 1 hour after sleep or screen saver begins" enabled, but the "Logout after 60 minutes of ...
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How secure is Time Machine/FileVault/Dropbox/Google?

Lately, I have been somewhat preoccupied with the security of my computer. Not that I had actually anything to hide, but I just do not want anyone pilfering my data. So, I set up FileVault in OSX, ...
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Decrypting and reading a FileVault sparsebundle in Linux?

My MacBook's HD started failing recently. Fortunately most of the data was properly backed up and most of the other important data could be retrieved by hooking up the drive with the help of an ...
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FileVault performance Snow Leopard

I am thinking of enabling FileVault in snow leopard. I have tried to find some information regarding the performance, but have been unable to find any. What are your personal experiences with ...
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How to store the data of mysql on OS X in an encrypted state?

I have mysql 5.1 installed by macports with it's data dir in the default location, which is outside my user directory that's protected by filevault. I'd like to store the data in an encrypted state ...
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How do I recover data from a vaulted macbook drive?

My macbook has recently gone up in flames, mostly, and I now find myself in the position of attempting to recover data from its drive. I was using file vault to protect almost all of my data. How ...
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How do I use “noatime” with FileVault 2 FDE on Mountain Lion?

I have an SSD installed in my MacBook Pro, and have successfully implemented a tweak that disables noatime on the boot drive: ...
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What are the .efires files on OS X Lion's Recovery HD?

If you mount the Recovery HD that enables OS X Lion File Vault 2, Safari mode, and certain recovery options, you see several .efires files. What format are those and what do they contain?
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Will using FileVault shorten the lifespan of an SSD?

What are your thoughts on using an SSD with Apple's FileVault hard disk encryption? Will it shorten the lifespan? Will it decrease the read/write performance?
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Does FileVault2 on OSX Lion encrypt bootcamp partitions?

When using FileVault2's Whole Disk Encryption, does it encrypt a bootcamp partition? If not, does it still allow access from Windows to the encrypted Mac disk? What about Parallels access of bootcamp ...
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FileVault is not finishing

I enabled FileVault in OSX SnowLeopard, and chose to encrypt my home directory and use Secure Virtual Memory. 3 days have passed since I turned it on, and it's not finished yet. I am stuck on the ...
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OS X Default Browser Resetting to Safari

Every time I reboot my Mac, the default browser resets itself to Safari (from Firefox). I change it in Safari (as illustrated in this question) but it never sticks past a reboot. Does anyone have a ...
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Unable to Disable FileVault in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

I want to disable FileVault on my home directory but when I try it the preference pane will freeze for some minutes and than report that I need 65 GB additional free space in my home directory. Now ...
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Is it possible to recover deleted files from a home folder encrypted with FileVault?

I've erased all contents in the boot partition of my Mac. I thought I had an up-to-date backup using TimeMachine, but unfortunately the home folder wasn't backed up at all, because it was encrypted ...
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How to login a user with decrypted FileVault home directory?

I'm using OSX Snow Leopard and a FileVault protected home directory for my user. To backup my HDD I make a live rsync backup of a whole filesystem to external drive: rsync [parameters] / ...
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Switch Windows 8 from a hybrid MBR/GPT => GPT only on Macbook Pro Retina

I used DiskUtility+Bootcamp Wizard to setup my hard drive for Windows 8 (final MSDN). Somewhere in that process, the Apple tools turned my GPT disk into a hybrid MBR/GPT. All four of my MBR's primary ...
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What’s the password for my FileVault 2 boot volume?

Apple’s support document for FileVault 2 (a.k.a. “full disk encryption” or “FDE”) has lots of information about enabling FDE and what it means for booting the machine. However, it doesn’t cover one ...
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Mounting a FileVault 2 encrypted external Home Drive at boot with OS X Lion

I currently have a three (3) drive setup with OS X Lion. / Boot /Volumes/Home (My Home Directory) /Volumes/Time Machine (Time Machine Backup) The Boot and Time Machine volumes are both encrypted via ...
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Mysterious OS X FileVault-related home directory

I recently enabled FileVault on Snow Leopard, and after doing so, found a directory /Users/<myusername>.4529809818604982560, containing the original (unencrypted) contents of my home directory, ...
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How can I allow only one user to access an external drive?

In OS X Mountain Lion, I have an external encrypted HD (Mac OS, journaled and encrypted) and I want to have it only accessible for one user (or a group). Is this possible or do I have to unmount ...
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How to allow root user to start up under FileVault 2 in Lion?

I just enabled Whole-Disk Encryption (under the name FileVault 2) in Mac OS X Lion. In the setup process, I was asked to select the users whose passwords can unlock the startup disk. I have the root ...
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MacBook Migration Assistant and FileVault

I recently got a new MacBook, and want to use Migration Assistant to move my profile. However, I have FileVault turned on. When I tried to do this over an ethernet cable, the Migration Assistant ...
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Mouse/Touchpad not working in Mac OS X Lion Pre-Boot Authentication (PBA) with File Vault 2

I set up File Vault 2 in Mac OS X Lion with Pre-Boot Authentication (PBA). In PBA-login my USB-keyboard is working, while using a wrong keyboard layout. I can neither use my magic touchpad nor an ...
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How to use Time Machine with File Vault

I have a Mac with one user using File Vault. I am enabling Time Machine. How do I make sure the File Vaulted directory gets backed up?
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How do I change the FileVault login icon on OSX Lion?

I'd like to change the apple on the FileVault login screen to something else. I've searched Google, but none of the links I've found have worked. They all suggest changing one or more of the ...
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How can I make Boot Camp use unallocated space?

I have created a partition for OS X (200GB journaled, encrypted) and also left 51GB unallocated for Boot Camp later on. After I successfully installed OS X 10.9, I wanted to install Windows 8.1 with ...
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Disallow user from decrypting the startup disk

When you enable FileVault's full-disk encryption, it asks for the password of each account on the system to allow every user to decrypt the disk. You can simply choose not to have a user enter their ...
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OS X Filevault doesn't dismount when remote login (e.g., ssh) ends, locking out console login

I have a Mac Mini that's shared among several users at my house, including being our media server and the file server for baking up our laptops (via rsync/ssh) which are a mix of Mac/Linux/Windows. ...
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In OS X how to avoid typing passwords twice if FileVault 2 is enabled?

After erasing the startup volume with encryption enabled (FileVault 2) and restoring the previous backup, I found myself needing to type passwords twice: the first one is to unlock the drive and the ...
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Using FileVault and online backup on OS X

I use Carbonite for offsite backup, and am considering turing on FileVault on my Mac. If I do so, what will happen to my Carbonite backup? Will Carbonite have to redo the entire backup? Does ...
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Fastest encryption configuration for Parallels Desktop 9 running a software development environment

I have a 2.8ghz quad-core 2013 MacBook Pro with 16gb RAM and a 768gb SSD running OSX Mavericks. I run Windows 7 under Parallels Desktop 9 to do Windows development. I would like to encrypt this data ...
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Mac OS X Disk Encryption - Automation

I want to setup a Mac Mini server with an external drive that is encrypted. In Finder, I can use the full-disk encryption option. However, for multiple users, this could become tricky. What I want to ...
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Does Filevault 2 encrypt deleted files created before Filevault activation?

I have a 2013 Macbook Air that I'm returning (drive is SSD). I didn't have Filevault turned on, and I erased the disk and reinstalled the OS (secure erase was not available as an option). I then ...
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Dual boot OS X 10.7/10.8 with File Vault and encrypted backup

Mac Mini Core i5-2520M (mid 2011 model) plus external Fire Wire Freecom 1GB drive Current: Vanilla setup - ie. a single visible OSX 10.7 (Lion) partition plus hidden recovery partition File Vault ...
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How can I get my Time Capsule to be encrypted with FileVault now that my Macs have full disk encryption?

It seems absolutely idiotic that my disks are encrypted and automatically send all of their data unencrypted to NAS.
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OS X: Storing MySQL data securely, on an encrypted FileVault image using a soft link

I am trying to get a macports-installed MySQL to use a data directory stored inside my FileVault-protected home dir. I used sudo cp -a /opt/local/var/db/mysql5 ~/db/ (the -a to ensure file ...
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Recreate MacBook Pro's overwritten GPT partition table

Already, neither Testdisk not GParted's rescue option have been able to recover the original partitions, so I think I have to recreate them manually. I'm on a late 2011 MacBook Pro with the stock ...
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OSX 10.9 Mavericks: admin password lost - recovery mode doesn't work

On my Mac (10.9 Mavericks) I have a normal user account (rxt) and an admin account with administrator privileges. Last week I changed this admin password, and forgot it. Stupid that I didn't store in ...
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Is it possible to recover a deleted FileVault sparse bundle in OS X?

I made a huge noob mistake with my Macbook. I used Disk Inventory X to see why my drive was so full and it showed all my files under my user account as well as a huge amount of data in ...
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OS X: How to use different passwords for screensaver/sudo vs FileVault / Time Machine?

I want to use a very long (20+ char), strong password for my FileVault 2 full disk encryption (as well as encrypted Time Machine backups stored on a network drive), which should protect against brute ...
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How to troubleshoot problems with a hard disk encrypted with FileVault 2?

One of my mac started becoming intermittently unresponsive, so much so that I couldn't even manage to get it to restart regularly. After a hard reset, the pre-boot authentication screen of filevault 2 ...
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Mac OS X Lion (10.7) Drive Encryption

My iMac has two drives (a 256 GB solid-state drive, and regular 2 TB hard drive). The Mac OS X Lion system is installed on the solid-state drive and, like many other users, I have moved my user ...
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FileVault / DiskCorruption

i think about turning on FileVault on my machine, but i'm concerned about dataloss. I often do video-skype and for some reason video-skyping locks up my computer every once in a while and i have to do ...
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Full Disk Encryption for Mac (Not PGP)

I purchased PGP Whole Disk Encryption for my Macbook Pro, and it's exactly what I need. After the Symantec acquisition, PGP no longer sells single licenses of the software so I can't purchase a ...
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A mac with two hard drives and file vault, what are my options?

I currently have a mac, running Mac OS X, with one hard drive. My home directory is encrypted with FileVault and then I have a /Users/Shared that is not encrypted and is readable by other users (i.e.: ...
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Apple remove dir - user.sparsebundle

The Sparse bundle directory in my Mac Snow Leopard is taking lot of space. I don't have an option to disable FileVault on my Mac. Would like to know the after affects of removing the sparse bundle ...