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

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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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Can't Enable Filevault because Recovery Partition Missing

I'm trying to enable FileVault for my home directory on my Macbook, but every time I try it tells me it can't because the Recovery Partition is missing. however, if I drop to a terminal and run ...
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How can I reformat a drive that contains an encrypted volume?

After OS X 10.7 came out with its disk-encryption features, I encrypted an empty USB thumb drive just for grins. I never used it, and eventually decided to reformat it as a normal drive for use with ...
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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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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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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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Bootcamp and Filevault 2 boot to OS X before a restart allows Windows to load

I've got a mid 2011 MBA with Windows 7 running via Bootcamp. In Lion, i've enabled Filevault 2. Normally, when I turn my laptop on, I first enter the filevault password before the laptop boots into ...
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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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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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Does FileVault encryption slow read/write access on an SSD?

Never fancied enabling FileVault on previous Macs but now I'm running OS X on an SSD. Is there a noticeable decrease in speed?
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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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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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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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How can I figure out what's slowly eating my HD space?

Every few days I get notices on my MacBook that it's running or run out of hard drive space. Curiously, restarting the computer will enable me to recover gigabytes of space (this past time, it was ...
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FileVault 2 encrypted disks with my home directory on a different drive

I have multiple volumes on my mac and I just enabled encryption on the other drives. My home folder is stored on one of those drives. Now I can't login because it can't see my home directory, but if I ...
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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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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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Turn off encryption on filevault2 second HDD

I have an Early 2011 MBP on which I installed an SSD (in the SuperDrive's bay). After that I enabled FileVault2 encryption on both the SSD (which has the ML 1.8.2 install) and on the original HDD ...
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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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SSD boot drive does not work only on primary drive slot

I have the following very strange problem with my 13″ early-2011 MacBook Pro. The disk configuration is as follows: Primary slot - FileVault 2 encrypted 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD Secondary slot - the ...
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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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FileVault 2 encrypted drive not accepting unlock password in recovery mode

My Mid-2012 Mac Book Air running an up-to-date install of Mountain Lion crashed the other evening (browsing the web, one tab started beach-balling, and refused to be force-quit so I forced a restart). ...
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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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Slow login (Active Directory User + Filevault2) - Mountain Lion

Two of our users have been getting this weird issue where their login to the computer seem to take "ages". The issue seems to go away if you turn off FileVault. However we need to keep FileVault on, ...
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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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unable to boot my Mac book after file vault 2 activation

after activation of file vault 2 I am unable to boot my computer, the apple sign turns into a prohibitory sign with a spinning circle beneath it , that spins forever. I really need the data on this ...
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Encrypting using FileVault on an Apple original SSD - any likely problems?

There are plenty of FileVault 2 and SSD (Solid State Disk) questions on many forums, and a few already on this site, but this is more specific and I cannot find it even asked - let alone answered: If ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...