Questions tagged [filevault]

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 to manually lock a FileVault encrypted external hard drive stuck in “unlocked”

My FileVault encrypted extrenal hard drive is stuck in "unlocked" mode as verified by Diskutil Cs List. Is there a command to manually lock it? I believe this issue must have been caused by either ...
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Vault “Failed copying contents” from CRXDE Lite

I am using Java version 1.8, AEM 6.3, Apache Maven 3.6.1, filevault 2.4.40, IntelliJ 2019.2.1 in Manjaro OS. The problem is after all setup I created a AEM project and tried to push/pull by using ...
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Is there a way to pause FileVault encryption if it is in progress?

Is there a way to pause FileVault encryption if its in progress on APFS (NOT revert it or disable it, just put it on pause)? P.S. I have researched this online and found the following post: is ...
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How to retrieve or change Filevault password (not user login PW) using FV Recovery Code?

Scenario: - I'm running Mac OS X High Sierra on a FileVault-protected MacBook Air (2011-ish), and managed to turn the only Admin account on the machine into a Standard one (tried to change name of ...
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Unlock FileVault encrypted drive knowing only user password

I have an external disk which is clone of a MacBook internal disk. I used it as an external boot disk from time to time. Today when I tried to boot from it on a new MacBook it stopped working and I ...
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Time Machine did not back up because FileVault was encrypting or decrypting a disk. Backups will resume once FileVault finishes

As of yesterday, Time Machine has stopped making backups because it thinks that FileVault is encrypting or decrypting a disk. It's not. In fact, FileVault has never even been switched on! I've ...
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Disk corrupted after failing FileVault decryption

Yesterday my 13inch 2016 MacBook Pro with 500G storage space notified me that my storage was almost full. I checked "About This Mac/Storage" and found out that "System" took more than 200GB of space. ...
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What can cause FileVault password to change by itself

To elaborate on that, my work computer is a Macbook Pro encrypted with FileVault. I was away for a few weeks vacation and coming back I can't log in. My password is correct. I've been using it for a ...
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best process after drive upgrade (High Sierra APFS with FileVault encryption)

I am running MacOS 10.13.5 with APFS format SSD and FileVault encryption. I need to upgrade the drive from 1/4 TB to 1/2 TB. I want to avoid having to reinstall all my applications and data after re-...
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How can I convince Time Machine that FileVault has completed encrypting or decryption a disk?

Summary: Time Machine backups have stopped working 3 days ago. Error indicates FileVault is busy encrypting or decrypting. This is not true, as far as I can tell. Any ideas how I can get Time ...
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Filevault 2 not accepting any new passwords after recovery key unlock

We use Dell Data Protection Encryption in conjunction with Filevault 2 on all of our Apple Devices at our office. I have a user who was unable to log into her machine at the initial Filevault login ...
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Would unexpected power loss while disk encryption harm my HDD?

My external HDD was being encrypted using macOS' disk encryption feature. The job would take several days because the size of HDD is 8TB, so I let it alone turned on. When approximately 24% done, ...
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Is Linux full-disk encryption with seamless user experience ala FileVault (macOS) or BitLocker (Windows) possible?

I've found some full-disk encryption (FDE) solutions for Linux OSes. Specifically, I've looked at solutions that work on Linux Mint or Ubuntu, since that's what I tend to use. But I'm sure this ...
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How do I determine my title_drive?

Okay so long story short, Filevault is trying to encrypt the hard drive. I don't want the process to continue (it is currently paused). I've searched and found solutions, however, they all mention the ...
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OSX Yosemite FileVault encryption issue

Today I was updating my MacBook Pro and decided to turn on FileVault, but when. I saw the estimated time to complete, I decided to disable it by going to, Disk Utility > File > Turn Off FileVault. ...
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Apple OSX - Prevent second partition asking for FileVault Password

wonder if anyone can help... So my work provides me with a MacBook Pro, what I have done is created a second partition with a second installation of OSX for personal use when at home. Both ...
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Setup sshd to start at boot on OSX El Capitan

I have a setup where I have an OSX machine as a server. OS is OSX El Capitan. One of the services it needs to have is sshd. The problem I am trying to solve is that when ever I reboot, I need to ...
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Is it possible to have BitLocker and FileVault on the same MacBoock Pro with Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan and Windows 10?

Is it possible to have BitLocker and FileVault on the same MacBook Pro with Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan and Windows 10? So far I only found this technique: http://joeraff.org/20131010/how-to-use-...
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How to re-enable guest account after enabling FileVault or Find My Mac?

I enabled FileVault and Find My Mac and Guest Account is now disabled (i only see safari only guest mode). Is there a way to re-enable normal guest account again? I am on Macbook Pro 10.11.1
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Changing FileFault encryption key size

I want to change the key size of FileVault drive encryption on OS X (10.11 El Capitan). By default, it is set at AES 256-bit. I want to set it to something a little more realistic, like 4096-, 8192-, ...
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Advantages of Enabling Firmware Password Protection

What security advantages, if any, would be gained by enabling Firmware Password Protection on a mac that already has filevault encryption for the disk?
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Recover/Reset OSX administrator password

I'm looking for some information about how to recover my administrator password if I happen to forget it. Let's say I've had an accident and I turn on my Mac afterward and it instantly prompts me for ...
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Generate a recovery key for a FileVault

When I created a FileVault encrypted partition to install OSX Yosemite, I don't think I created a recovery key. Is it possible to create a recovery key after the fact? How do you do it?
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How do I remove a password from FileVault?

Before installing Mac OS X Yosemite, I created an encrypted partition and provided it with a password. When the installation finished I created a user and that user is in sync with FileVault, its ...
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OSX - How to prevent / remove FDESetup defer that has been set

Yesterday I was at a customers and used their WiFi to get an internet connection during a meeting to demonstrate the solution developed so far. This morning when I try to logo onto my Mac Book Pro I ...
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How to clone existing Filevault encrypted HD to SSD with a linux live cd/usb

I have a 13-inch, Mid 2012 MacBook pro which comes with a 500 GB sata hard drive. I'm running 10.9.5 Mavericks. Of the 500 GB I have about 77 GB used whereas the rest of it is free space, this drive ...
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MacBook (SSD + FileVault) doesn't restore after battery depletion

Setup: I have a MacBook Pro 15", mid 2009, 3.06GHz. The DVD drive has been replaced with a SAMSUNG SSD (830 series), 128GB, the battery has been replaced once with an original one. RAM was upgraded to ...
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Unlocking FileVault encrypted drive from Terminal (to allow pasting password)

I have a long, complicated password for an external drive encrypted with FileVault that I have securely stored, but OS X doesn’t allow pasting into the password unlock GUI dialog (argh!). How can I ...
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OS X: Run script at Login screen with FileVault on

How to run a script at Login screen (BEFORE user types password to log in)? I have tried launchctl and place the script under both: /Library/LaunchDaemons/ /Library/LaunchAgents/ Still the script ...
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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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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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Time Machine encryption versus disk encryption

I'm backing up with Time Machine on a Mac Pro to an internal hard drive. I have encrypted my Time Machine backup in system preferences. This resulted in an initial backup of about 2 days, and backups ...
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How to access remote iPhoto Library with FileVault on?

After turning on FileVault on my MBA with Mavericks I can no longer access the iPhoto Library that I have on an external drive. It asks my to upgrade the iPhoto Library. But, accessing it from my MBP ...
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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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Can i have a second partition with a full system in it, encrypted with FileVault/Truecrypt/Whatever?

I would like to have a second partition in my laptop. The second partition, differently from the first one, should be encrypted at a boot level. It will contain all my work stuff. Is it possible? ...
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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 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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Recover from botched full disk encryption using FileVault2

I decided to enable full disk encryption using FileVault2 in OSX Mountain Lion, but near the end of the encryption process, I get a message telling me that it failed, and that I should disable and ...
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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: http://blog.alutam.com/2012/04/01/optimizing-macos-x-lion-for-ssd/#...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Can diskutil encrypt already existing primary boot partition on OS X Lion?

For example this blog entry mentions that an existing partition with /Users can be encrypted, but it also says "secondary driver". Same remark has been mentioned in a few other blog posts I found via ...