Apple's trademark for features of the Mac OS X operating system involving encrypting computer data for security purposes

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Determine if file or directory is encrypted?

I have FileVault enabled, so my home directory is encrypted. However, programs and libraries often use directories outside of /home; and Disk Utility allows us to create encrypted files and ...
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Duplicate FileVault setup using using fdesetup

I upgraded to OSX 10.10 Yosemite yesterday, and accepted Apple's offer to encrypt my hard drive as a part of the upgrade process. However, Apple did not offer me a recovery key and did not offer to ...
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How do I fix my SSD after installing Yosemite and Enabling TRIM? No boot & can't erase

I recently upgraded to Yosemite, enabled FileVault and foolishly enabled TRIM (had no idea it wasn't supported). Upon restart, my machine gets the grey screen with the crossed-out circle of death. ...
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Turning off Require Password on a filevault enabled MacBook Air 2011

I am trying to use the product form soma-zone.com called RedHand. The only catch is you must have Require Password turned off in the Security Preferences Pane. RedHand won't start until it is turned ...
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Can you Recover Data from a Filevault encrypted harddrive externally?

My mac won't boot and it maybe a harddrive issue, but I need to get the data off it, is it possible to recover the data using a set of tools if I know the password and have the appropriate cables?
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Hide “disk password” login option at EFI (Filevault) login screen

I encrypted my volume before installation and have added my user as FileVault user afterwards. Now I can login with either the disk password or my user login password at the EFI (Filevault) login ...
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How Does FileVault 2 Full Disk Encryption Affect SSD Garbage Collection

I'm trying to learn how full disk encryption using Filevault 2 will impact SSD garbage collection. My understanding is that garbage collection involves moving pages in blocks with free space to empty ...
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Can I have both a case-insensitive system volume and a case-sensitive volume within an encrypted CoreStorage volume?

( seems possibly related to Is it possible to have multiple filevault2-activated partitions on one disk? ) I have a MBP with a single internal SSD and I'd like: to have everything on the disk ...
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1 TB hard drive - with only partition showing only 800 GB capacity

I have a 1 TB hard drive, which is correctly displayed in Disk Utility, but the actual (and only) startup partition only shows 800 GB of space. There is no unallocated space either. According to the ...
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Is there a way to mirror to HDMI display on FileVault login screen?

I have a MacBook Pro Retina & Mavericks, with FileVault 2 enabled. I also mirror to an HDMI display, but it doesn't show anything on FileVault 2 login. This is an issue, because I'd like to get a ...
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FileVaults asks for Recovery Key, no option for User Password

My Mid-2012 Macbook Pro 13" (Core i7) with Mountain Lion (10.8.5) always asks for the FileVault recovery key (consisting of 24 digits and letters) when awakening from hibernation. I just get the ...
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How to make a bootable (encrypted) copy in an external drive from a FileVault 2 encrypted boot partition

I configured my MacbookPro (Retina) as follows: /dev/disk0 (GUID partition scheme) EFI 200 MiB Apple CoreStorage 128 GiB <- FileVault 2 encrypted Apple Boot 650 MiB <- ...
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How do I completely and securely wipe a FileVault (SSD) drive?

When I follow Apple's instructions for preforming a complete erase and reinstall on a FileVault 2 encrypted SSD machine, and choose a high level of security for the erase, I get an error, and the ...
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Full access to second encrypted partition with OS X on it

I have two encrypted logical partitions on my Mac, one with Mavericks and one with the Yosemite public beta. I would like to have full read and write access to all files on one partition when I am ...
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Will Time Machine backup of an encrypted HDD be encrypted?

My MacBook is running Mac OS X Mavericks with FileVault HDD encryption. I use Time Machine to backup this drive to an unencrypted USB HDD. Will this backup be encrypted? Or does Time Machine decrypt ...
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Can one mount a FileVault 2 encrypted drive from Windows?

I encrypted an external drive with FileVault 2. Now it would be great if I could access it from a Windows PC. Is this outright impossible? I found no definitive answer either way.
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Can't log in / supposedly file-vault

I have a power mac, which I recently updated to Lion. I've never used a password before and yet after an unusual abortive boot (unusual boot-sequence which hanged, which I had to hard-reset) I now get ...
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tmutil reports changing UUIDs for external encrypted volume

(also asked at https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6451614) I'm trying to use Time Machine for monthly backups on an external hard disk with an encrypted volume. I erased the disk with Disk Utility ...
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I have trouble accessing my Mac

After I accidentally left my Mac on my balcony last summer and after a heavy rain when typing the mac keyboard only symbols appear. When using external keyboard things have worked smoothly since ...
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Cross Platform GUI-compatible Encryption

I am looking for an encryption tool that is completely cross platform - effectively like FileVault or BitLocker but compatible with both operating systems. My use case is that I'd like to encrypt a ...
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FileVault 2 caches main password even after power off?

I had set up FileVault 2 encryption while using long&strong user password, and later changed user password to a shorter one. At first time it seemed like everything is working as I expect: OS X ...
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decrypting FileVault2 WDE seems stuck, how to unstick?

This is happening on an MBP Mid2010 running Mac OS X 10.9.3 I have been using FileVault2 full-disk encryption for several years now; however, I needed to decrypt to repartition the disk for BootCamp. ...
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Mac collected from customer support, some settings have been reset

Yesterday I collected my Macbook Pro from an authorized Apple Service Center, where they replaced some hardware components (logic board and battery-trackpad-keyboard block). The SSD drive has not ...
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Can I use my fingerprint to login/unlock the screen on a Mac?

I own a mid-2009 MBP with OS X Mavericks installed. I'm a hi-tech enthusiast who wants to use the fingerprint scanning feature made available by many scanners on the market to login into my account ...
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Is it possible to have multiple filevault2-activated partitions on one disk?

What I would like to have: A disk with the following systems on it: OS X 10.8 (FV2-encrypted) OS X 10.9 (FV2-encrypted) Windows 7 When I try to start FV2-encryption on my secondary partition, OS X ...
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Macbook Pro crashes when I remove power while hibernated

I have a late 2013 Macbook Pro (MacBookPro11,3) running OS 10.9.3 that I want to keep as locked down as possible since I have sensitive company data on it. To that end, I have turned on FileVault, set ...
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With FileVault on, is secure trash emptying needed?

I'm running Mavericks and have FileVault set for the whole disk. Is there any value then, in emptying the Trash securely? Given the whole disk is encrypted. I'm not certain on how these two methods ...
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Macbook pro early 2013 throws contents RAM away

I have a MacBook Pro early 2013, running OSX mavericks and filevault(encryption) is enabled. After a (I suspect) update, the locking behavior has been different. When the screen gets locked ...
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FileVault2: how do I use the recovery key when asked for a “Disk Password”?

I've got a MacBook Pro protected with FileVault 2 (10.9), and can't remember the password to unlock the disk. When I boot, it asks for the "Disk Password". What I have is the recovery key that I ...
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Can't login after setting up FileVault

I ran FileVault on my MacBook Pro. It seemed to be OK, generated the passcode etc. All happy. Next log on failed. Grey Screen. Tried both users with correct passwords. Nothing. Grey screen, short ...
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Why did restoring a system from a recent Time Machine backup fail to restore recent files?

I used a recent Time Machine backup to restore a Late 2008 MacBook Pro system for a family member today. She had been backing up faithfully about once a week to an external HDD using Time Machine for ...
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FileVault doesn't correctly install itself

I am trying to enable FileVault on OSX Mavericks, on a mid-2010 MBP. Some backstory/history: Laptop had the original machine hard drive (old spinning disk). This had FileVault enabled without ...
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using netrestore on a file vault volume

I use a netrestore image to quickly fix whatever shenanigans my users do that break their computers. restart , command-n, wait 20 minutes, system back to functioning state. it's awesome but now I've ...
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Is there a way to use an account for FileVault2 volume-decryption without logging it on?

I recall a key-combination, in a pre-Mavericks OSX, that could be pressed after entering one account's info for initial startup FileVault volume decryption. The key-combo prevented a full login of ...
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How can I have one password for FileValue 2 (pre-boot password) and another for my user login?

I know this is possible. When I first installed Mavericks, I set up a default password of "password". I then enabled Filevault 2. At some point I then changed my password from "password" to my ...
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Stuck on FileVault login screen with never ending spinner

I am using FileVault 2.0 on Mavericks. After restarting the computer one day, I was presented with the gray file vault login screen (normal). After typing in a password, it begins the login process, ...
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Extremely slow write speed to encrypted external drive on Mavericks

Writing to a fully encrypted USB flash drive on Mavericks is extremely slow. The drive model I used for testing was a Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 (64 GB). I tested transfer speeds by ...
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Deleting files takes forever with FileVault enabled

Deleting files takes forever with FileVault enabled, is there anything I can do to speed this up or change the 'secure deletion' setting so it doesn't write over every bite several times for deleted ...
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FileVault1 with no master password but root+user password

On my mac I activated FileVault1 about 4-5years ago. Unluckily i forgot the password as i never used it =( I know root + user password to log in and do all the stuff (also as root in the console). As ...
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FileVault security hole when used on SSDs

I just woke up to the fact that it looks like user data can be leaked when using FileVault and Migration Assistant on an SSD on a new Mac when following the default prompts. When I set up a new Mac, ...
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(Update Needed?) after PRAM reset, File Vault seems bricked

After many system instabilities and freezes I was suggested to do a PRAM reset. When I boot now and the File Vault asks for the password to decrypt the SSD the Guest user is gone and my user lost his ...
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Filevault or Truecrypt?

I'm currently using Filevault on Mountain Lion on one of my machines and on Mavericks on another one. Recently, I discovered Truecrypt, which does similar work to Filevault. Does anyone know what's ...
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After enabling File Vault, OS X doesn't mount disk automatically anymore

I have an external 2 TB LaCie drive connected via FireWire 800 to my MacBook Pro (8,2 – early 2011 model), which runs OS X 10.8.5. It has one big partition which is a Time Machine target, and the ...
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FileVault drive asks for password, doesn't accept it, but mounts

I have an external drive that I use as a bootable clone (using Carbon Copy Cloner). Sometimes, though not always, when I connect the drive, I get an alert saying "Enter a password to unlock the disk". ...
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Why is Chrome getting so slow when file vault is enabled?

I recently enabled file vault to encrypt my disk but now Google Chrome is really slow and it seems to be related to the file vault. The slowness is in anything and everything I do in chrome: opening a ...
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How do I erase partitions on a drive that's been protected with FileVault 2?

I want to completely wipe a USB thumb drive, re-partition it, and reformat the partition as ExFAT, not JHFS+. Unfortunately, I used FileVault 2 on it when I made it and that seems to be preventing me ...
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Screen backlight does not turn on during bootup, but turns on when accessing recovery partition

I have a late-2011 15" MacBook Pro running Mavericks. I normally don't reboot my computer and can leave it logged in for days on end. I decided to reboot my computer and when it was booting, the ...
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Is it possible to reset FileVault password in recovery mode?

I have problems with my startup volume, and it's encrypted with FileVault. I don't remember the pasword, but have the recovery key. Is it possible to reset the password?
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Restore FileVault recovery key

I want to mount my (non-bootable) firevault encrypted drive on linux. I know the user-facing password to decrypt it, but not the recovery key. From what I've read, I assume that the recovery key is ...
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How can I clear the kernel extension caches while using FileVault 2?

I have the same problem as this user, Air + Lion : plug in USB, keyboard/pad stop working , where the built-in keyboard and trackpad on my MacBook Pro stop working (and drop out of the USB devices ...