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Switch from sleep to hibernate after set time

Is there a way to set a MacBook Pro (10.8.2) to go into normal sleep when I close the case but then switch to hibernation after, say, 15 minutes? It's clearly capable of going from sleep to hibernate ...
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Is the Guest account a security risk with full disk encryption on Mountain Lion?

I have File Vault 2 full-disk encryption enabled on my 2012 MacBook Air running Mountain Lion. By default it also has a "Guest" Safari-only account available. I just tried it the other day and found ...
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For a FileVault user of Mountain Lion: can I avoid the automated login, which normally follows unlock of the encrypted startup volume?

I have FileVault enabled with two users: AdminGuy OtherGuy. I want AdminGuy to: have the ability to unlock the HD, and therefore only he can enter a u/n + p/w at boot to start boot up have the ...
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Mountain Lion - Are these different ways of encrypting a Time machine backup equivalent?

I just setup two backup drives for time machine in two different ways: 1) By clicking the "encrypted" checkbox in the time machine dialogue. After fininshing the backup, it spent a long time saying ...
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When will I use the FileVault 2 recovery key?

I enabled FileVault 2 on my Mac, and I remember that it gave me a recovery key. When will I use this recovery key?
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What steps can I take to recover data from a FileVault 2 encrypted boot volume that won't boot and is stuck in “converting” status?

I have a 2008 Macbook Pro running OS X 10.8 on a 500GB (upgraded from original) 1-2 year old hard drive. The drive was encrypted with FileVault2, and the system was running fine a few months ago until ...
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Not enough space to migrate from Legacy FileVault to FileVault 2

When I try to change from using Legacy FileVault to the new FileVault in Lion, it says that I don't have enough disk space. What are my options besides having to delete bunch of files? (20 GB in my ...
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Open an encrypted HDD/USB on Leopard?

Is it possible to access an external HDD or USB drive encrypted on Lion, through a Mac running Leopard? In other words, is FileVault 2 encryption on volumes/partitions backwards compatible? (It ...
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Apart from being able to encypt an entire volume, what are the other differences of FileVault 2 over FileVault?

Does FileVault 2 in Lion have any other differences compared to the old version, FileVault in previous releases of the system? Are there any additional benefits to using the new version?
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Time Machine fails to backup FileVault home directory on logout

I am using FileVault to encrypt my home directory, and Time Machine for backups. This is a typical workflow: I am logged on. I plug in the USB hard disk drive that I am using for my Time Machine ...
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For maximum FileVault2 security, why is hibernation recommended?

Many discussions of FileVault 2 security suggest using: sudo pmset -a destroyfvkeyonstandby 1 hibernatemode 25 Some of those discussion state that FileVault keys are stored in RAM during normal ...
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Is the performance of Lion + SSD + Filevault2 good enough for a system primarily used for application developemnt?

I'm looking to buy a MacBook Pro w/ SSD. I was wondering if anyone out there has noticed any significant performance drop with FileVault2 enabled for the following tasks: Small (under 2 GB) ...
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macbook pro with filevault loses startup disk

My MBP (13inch, late 2011) sometimes loses it's startup disk when I have powered it off by holding the power button for 10 seconds. Not every time, but one time out of 5. (See my other question on my ...
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Is replacing HDD by SSD worth it with Core 2 Duo and Filevault2 enabled

Will I see some speed improvment by replacing the original 5400-rpm with a SSD on a MBP Core2Duo with Filevault2 enabled? Or it is a waste of money? I ask this question because I know Filevault tend ...
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How can I encrypt a large external drive?

I am using a LaCie 3 TB internal drive in a Sharkoon Quickport. The dock is USB 3 and I'm on a retina MacBook Pro with Mountain Lion. The drive is encrypted with TrueCrypt. OS X won't format the ...
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Does Sophos Antivirus work correctly on Lion with (legacy) FileVault enabled?

Some time ago, I installed Sophos Antivirus on my Macbook Pro running Snow Leopard and came up against the "computer stops responding after reboot, with Sophos Antivirus installed and FileVault ...
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FileVault unlock startup screen

I don't want anybody turning on my Mac seeing my name and user account picture (all user account configured on the computer, actually!) just because it defaults to choosing a user to unlock the drive. ...
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Large drives and FileVault/TimeMachine on Mountain Lion

Trying to use a 3TB disk for my backups, still running into what seems to be a known issue with "block sizes". When will this be fixed or how can I fix it myself before a downstream update?
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Time machine encrypted backups [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Time Machine + FileVault on Lion or Mountain During a Time Machine backup, is the backed up data at any time unencrypted? If yes: can I disable that at the cost, ...
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Time Machine + FileVault on Lion or Mountain

If I stop the backup it says: "now encrypting...", is the data saved "not encrypted" before being encrypted? Can I make it "always encrypted"? Non-encrypted transfers are a problem for me.
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Disk Utility Error “Storage system verify or repair failed”

Installed Lion on a brand new HDD. Boots fine, but when I run Disk Utility on the Media, it reports Verifying partition map for “WDC WD10JPVT-16A1YT0 Media” Checking prerequisites Checking the ...
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FileVault 2 gives “boot file not written” error

I'm trying to enable FileVault 2 in Mountain Lion, but a few steps into the process of turning on the encryption I get the error "Boot file not written" and the encryption fails to succeed. Anyone ...
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Will FileVault reduce the power of my hybrid SSD+HDD?

I have a MacBook with a Momentus XT hybrid SSD+HDD drive. It have a 500GB HDD plus 4GB SSD which, as I could check, it uses as a cache for read operations. It uses some kind of black magic to ...
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“Failed to upgrade encrypted tmbootpicker.efi” in Time Machine backups

I've noticed the error "Failed to upgrade encrypted tmbootpicker.efi: Error Domain=NSCocoaErrorDomain Code=-50 "Could not find any Apple_Boot corresponding to the encrypted volume..." ...
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How does Apple's Power Nap interact with File Vault?

If a machine is periodically waking up to check for updates with Power Nap, does this also mean the disk encryption keys are always in RAM? If so, this makes a DMA attack against a "sleeping" Mac ...
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Web Sharing does not work with FileVault?

I want to use both Web Sharing and FileVault however when I turned on FileVault, my home directory Sites folder came up in the browser as permission denied, even though the Unix permissions were 777, ...
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Why is my Legacy FileVault image larger than the physical disk?

I'm still running Snow Leopard and recently enabled FileVault on my home directory. I noticed that the OS X thinks my home directory is 1TB, which is strange because the hard disk in my laptop is ...
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Presence of a Linux partition causes FileVault2 setup to fail

I'm currently dual booting Mountain Lion and Ubuntu 12.04 on a rMBP. Everything works fine, but enabling FileVault fails with the error message: "Some information was unavailable during an internal ...
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Are “ejected” drives still unlocked?

If I eject an encrypted (with FileVault) drive in Mountain Lion, has it been locked, or is there more I need to do (like physically unplugging it)?
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Is FileVault distinct from Finder's “Encrypt …” command?

I'm confused by the variety of methods for encrypting drives in Mountain Lion. There are at least four methods, FileVault in System Preferences; Finder's "Encrypt..." command; Disk Utility's "Erase" ...
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For a startup volume encrypted with Core Storage, System Preferences show that FileVault is disabled

My iMac has a SSD and a HDD. The OS is installed on the SSD. I performed a clean installation of Mountain Lion to the SSD, and cloned my SSD using a backup from my Time Capsule in OS X Recovery. ...
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Hibernate mode 25 for filevault messing with apps on wake

I recently started using Filevault 2 to encrypt my hard drive. I read that due to security vulnerabilities, it was recommended to change the sleep settings via sudo pmset -a destroyfvkeyonstandby 1 ...
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How to disable unlock with Apple ID in Mountain Lion when FileVault is enabled?

I have a Mac with FileVault 2 enabled, and recently upgraded to Mountain Lion. Apple automatically enables the option to unlock my system account using my Apple ID in Mountain Lion, and because I ...
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Does FileVault prompt for passwords more often?

If I enable FileVault on Mountain Lion, will it make my machine ask me for my password more often? For example, right now I have my machine configured so that when it goes to sleep, if I wake it up ...
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Is FileVault 2 causing issues with TextExpander sync using Dropbox? [closed]

After turning on FileVault on my newly "Lionized" early-2011 MBP, I noticed that TextExpander was resetting to the default snippets that it comes with. The issue appears to have arisen after turning ...
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How do I copy a TimeMachine backup to an encrypted disk?

I want to replace my current TimeMachine backup disk with a new disk, but I also want to copy the existing contents to the new disk after encrypting the new disk. How can I best do that? Are there ...
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OS X 10.7 Lion: Reset master password to FileVault 2

I need to reset or delete my master password to FileVault 2. This is the password found under System Preferences > Users & Groups > Service gear > Change Master Password. It's a backup in case a ...
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Does File Vault store unencrypted data even if encryption is enabled in File Vault?

I noticed that a new File Vault 2 Backup volume first is backed up to, than encypted (for a few hours). So the first backup is unencrypted??? I already didn't like that about a new install of lion.
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Filevault 2 and Changing the Password

If I have a system with FileVault 2 enabled on the system and on the Time Machine drive, what happens if I change my system password? Is the encryption based on my login (being able to log in) or is ...
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Has FileVault crashed?

I've just enabled FileVault 2 on my mid-2012 MacBook Air and am worried it has crashed. I've entered all the details and clicked "Restart" and now have a greyed out System Preference pane with a ...
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How do I set up a Mac to use both FileVault and Boot Camp?

I understand FileVault will encrypt the volume Mac OS X is installed on. I guess this means that Windows won't be able to read it. How can I set up a MacBook to use FileVault for the Mac OS X ...
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Using FileVault 2 on non-boot disk with moved home directory

I have OS X Lion installed on an SSD which is encrypted with FileVault 2. I have a second magnetic hard drive that I've moved my home directory to in order to not take up space on the SSD. My ...
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How do I mount my FileVault 2-encrypted volume?

I have a Lion 10.7.2 system (on MacBook Air 13" 2011) which doesn't boot anymore after a restart. My HD is encrypted with FileVault 2, and after I click on my username and enter my password, it ...
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Forgot password to FileVault. Still got access to the machine

I just realized, that few months ago I converted my disk to FileVault. I am afraid of loosing access to my data. I still have access to the machine: login, password, administrator account. Is there ...
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FileVault (CoreStorage) + Linux partition

Quick question here. I'm not really familiar with the requirements of CoreStorage so I'd like to confirm with you guys before I start working. I'm currently running OSX Lion on my MacBook Air, with ...
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With FileVault enabled, do I need to overwrite my hard drive with 0's before getting rid of it?

When I give up my laptop I like to securely delete the hard drive. I would assume that since it's full disk encrypted using file vault that I should be able to just delete the real key for boot ...
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Unable to unlock disk after enabling FileVault2

I just enabled FileVault2 with my personal account. After the necessary reboot my user is not able to unlock the disk which just started to be encrypted. The only way to get access to my computer is ...
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Error when booting Mac with FileVault Encryption

Ever since I encrypted my MacBook Pro I am seeing this error right after I type in my password at the initial screen. Any ideas what this means, how serious it is or maybe even how to fix it? ...
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Why can I boot into the recovery partition without entering a password even though I have FileVault 2 with full-disk-encryption enabled?

Apple has released this support document for FileVault 2 in Lion which says: FileVault 2 uses full disk, XTS-AES 128 encryption to help keep your data secure. With FileVault 2 you can encrypt the ...
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How to move files from FileVault to NTFS?

I have a 2011 MacBook Air running Lion. I have setup a small Boot Camp partition for the sole purpose of copying files on to NTFS hard drives. (NTFS is the only file system my media player supports ...