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

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How do I encrypt an external drive with FileVault 2 in OSX Yosemite

Ok, so according to https://www.apple.com/osx/what-is/security/ I should be able to encrypt ANY external drive..."with ease" using FileVault 2. I have a brand new (empty) 2TB Fantom Drive model: ...
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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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RAID + FileVault and startup partition

From this answer: Why doesn't FileVault work on a RAID volume? I learnt that it is possible to have RAID and FileVault together. However it seem that the solution is for a separate data volume not ...
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How to enable FileVault after upgrading SSD on a MacBook Pro with no Recovery Partition

I have been using a 1 TB SSD with my 17" MacBook Pro Early 2011. With the recent availability of 2 TB SSD's, I wanted to upgrade to the larger size. I have upgraded my HD several times since I ...
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How to monitor progress of disk decryption in recovery mode

As the title states, I am decrypting an external drive using Disk Utility in Recovery mode, and would like a way to know the progress or completion as well as any errors. Is there a known way to do ...
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Will FileVault 2 wear out my SSD faster?

I'm considering using FileVault 2 when I upgrade to Lion. Though my understanding of it is weak, it seems as though it shouldn't really increase the number of reads or writes per disk operation ...
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How can I repair EFI?

The computer is a MacBook Air. I have OSX Yosemite and Linux Ubuntu 14.04 dual boot. I messed up and damaged my Mac EFI and hence OSX ceased to work. Recovery disk was destoyed too. FileVault is on ...
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Why does OS X show a forgot password prompt when trying to boot or wakeup screen?

Something came up today that bugged me a bit, I left my laptop on battery power before going to bed. When starting it up the battery was dead. I plugged it in, and here is what happened: The startup ...
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Can't re-enable FileVault after growing `system` partition

I recently disabled FileVault in order to grow my system partition. This ended up being rather more complicated than expected, but it worked out in the end. Now that I have resized the system ...
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Yosemite won't boot any more after attempting to enable FileVault and TRIM

I installed Yosemite yesterday and it was working fine. Now whenever it tries to boot it runs Safe Mode and fails 1/3 of the way through. From what I can remember I went to enable FileVault and ...
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OS X 10.10 File Vault - Restore from Time Machine Backup

Just for my curiosity and knowledge, from a Software and Hardware stand point prospective, if for any reasons I can not retrieve my Mac File Vault Password and luckily I have a Time Machine Backup ...
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How to prevent storing the WiFi password on the recovery partition?

I always wondered how my Mac could connect to the internet when the recovery partition is booted and my main system partition is locked (filevault2). Some googling revealed today (e.g. here, here, ...
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If you put a Mac in Lost Mode while FileVault is enabled, does it prevent OS X reinstalls?

Apple's documentation on Lost Mode doesn't say a whole lot about what the finder of the Mac will be able to (or unable to) do with it. Especially if FileVault is enabled. For example, if I lose my ...
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FileVault optimizing… 43 days remaining

My FileVault says that I have to wait for 43 days for it to finish optimizing something. As soon as I launch any application it stops working. So the only time that I can dedicate for the FileVault to ...
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Temporarily set non-iCloud password; now both temporary and iCloud passwords required at startup

My Yosemite MacBook Pro is normally set to use my iCloud password. Taking it in for service to the Apple store, they suggested I create a temporary password, which I did by going to Users & Groups ...
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Stop prompting to unlock disk

I have two hard disks on my 2012 Mac Mini. The first disk is partitioned with Mac HD and Data HD. The second drive has OS X Public Beta and Windows partitioned. I want to prevent OS X on my main disk ...
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OS X asking for local items keychain password

My mid-2010 macbook pro was running just fine on OS X 10.10, and then I decided to enable the guest account. My account still works fine, but when I login into the guest account, I get an annoying ...
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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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After booting, cannot login to Standard user unless I login as Administrator first

After a fresh boot, I cannot login to my Standard User. It will not accept my password even though I am sure it is correct. I must first login as my Administrator User (do nothing), then log out and ...
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Changed user password by providing new password as hash not syncing to filevault 2

I have been using defaults write "path/to/username.plist" shadowhashdata '(really long hash info)' to administer a local support account on our Mac's but I have found, and it may be since updating ...
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OS X prompts for password when connecting unencrypted volume and Disk Utility repair does not work

I have an external 250 GB SSD which now, when I connect it (via USB) to the computer, causes the OS (10.10.3) to prompt me with: Enter a password to unlock the disk The problem (well, a problem) ...
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Formatting Boot Drive As Encrypted For Clean Install

I don't know if my google-fu is broken today or something, but I can't seem to find any information about why I would or wouldn't want to erase and format an internal boot drive and/or partition ...
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Why does my USB hub hide a directly attached drive from the boot menu? (post-Filevault)

I recently enabled FileVault on both my mid-2012 Retina MacBook Pro and my external USB drive containing a Carbon Copy Cloner backup. My external drive is attached directly to the MBP. I also have a ...
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Turning off FileVault

I'm currently trying to recover my formatted external hard drive with testdisk. Testdisk takes forever to load on sudo on Mac Terminal, so I tried to approach it from a live Linux Distro, Gparted. ...
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Are repeated FileVault-related harddrive problems a signal that I have greater hard drive problems?

I found a great answer in the forums for an incorrect block count/invalid free block count problem that Disk Utility diagnosed when logged in but couldn't see in Recovery HD mode. Turning off ...
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Do I need to decrypt the hard drive before repair?

Today I left my MBP Retina at local authorised Apple service (it's a mid 2012 model, and it's having some gfx issues), and then I got an email telling me that I have to go back there and decrypt my ...
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Obtain FileVault 2 recovery key with administrator account

I enabled full disk encryption on my new MacBook Pro. (I am new to the Mac world but an accomplished Linux/UNIX and Windows type) However, I made a mistake and skipped the step of taking note of the ...
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Is disk image encryption slower than partition encryption?

I am considering two options to encrypt some data: add a new encrypted partition add an encrypted disk image Which option is faster in terms of disk read/write speed? I suspect that an encrypted ...
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FileVault 2 Encrypted drive was reformatted by thief then returned. Is the original encrypted data salvageable?

I had a Macbook Air Yosemite which was FileVault 2 encrypted. The laptop was stolen from me. The thief was able to reinstall OS X and some apps (was bringing it to market for sale). The laptop was ...
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Has anyone turned off FileVault after it has completed?

I have a 1TB SSD in a 15" Mac Book Pro It took about 30 hrs to Encrypt, which during, the computer was virtually unusable. It just finished with that and now it says it is optimizing with 5 DAYS!!!! ...
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Is my Time Machine backup encrypted or not?

As you can see, I use Time Machine to backup on drive "Data" on "ZRH" which is a Time Capsule. To the best of my knowledge, I selected "Encrypt backups" when I configured this backup a few weeks ago. ...
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Unnecessary option when decrypting HDD before booting [duplicate]

I've just performed a clean install of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 on my new hard drive. Before installing i formatted the disk as an encrypted drive. When i start up my machine now i get to select between ...
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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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What is a locked hard drive, and how does it relate to encryption?

When I mount a Mac hard drive on another computer, I often get prompted to "unlock" the drive. What does this mean? Is a locked hard drive different from an encrypted one, or is "unlocking" just ...
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FileVault Doesnt Ask For Password At Startup

I have been previously using Mountain Lion and just got a new Mac with Yosemite. On Mountain Lion, when I turned my system on, I was presented a grey password screen to decrypt my hard drive. With ...
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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 is off, but still prompts for boot password

I have an iMac running Mavericks that was previously administered by the user, and it still requires a FileVault password when the system is rebooted, however FileVault is off. At some point ...
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Can *all* files on an AirPort Extreme be encrypted with FileVault?

I have a Macbook Pro (Mac OS 10.10.2, late 2013 model) and am considering to buy an AirPort Extreme 2TB. I want to use it not only for TimeCapsule backups, but also as a general-purpose storage disk ...
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Is it possible to boot from an encrypted external hard drive?

If I have an external hard drive with a bootable cloned backup (via SuperDuper) - if I encrypt it with the Finder will I still be able to boot from it if necessary? Are there any solutions to enable ...
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Can Macbook be serviced by Apple Care with FileVault enabled?

A few years back I had to send a Powerbook to Apple for hardware repairs (the optical disc stopped working and had to be replaced.) I had FileVault enabled, and the tech at the time told me I'd have ...
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Carbon Copy Cloner circumvents FileVault authentication?

I have a MacBook Pro on which I created a FileVault partition. To access it, I click on the .dmg file, OSX asks for the password, then it mounts the partition in a readable form. So far so good. I ...
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How to Hide All users from fresh boot With FileVault 2

With System preferences>Users & Groups> Login options> display login window as "Name and Password" normally you need to type out the user name and password to sign in. With FileVault2, when ...
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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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Going back to Mavericks: will i lose my files that I have created on Yosemite?

FileVault slowed my MBP. So, I am going back to Mavericks. How can I make sure that my files saved on Yosemite will not be lost? If I go back using Time Machine, how do I access my files that were ...
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OSX Mac Filevault2 prevent shutdown on login screen

I recently encrypted my 2014 Mac, OS X 10.9.5, using FileVault2. I noticed that the computer shuts after 5 minutes if there is no activity on the login screen. I believe this is a feature of ...
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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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Why speed of SSD is increased after enabling FileVault?

My config is following: Mac Book Pro Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014 Processor 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 Memory 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 Apple SSD Controller: Vendor: Apple Product: SSD Controller ...
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Filevault 2 enabled with recovery key linked to Apple ID, can I get the key?

I enabled FileVault on my Yosemite Mac, and selected the "Allow apple ID to reset password" option. I paid attention to all the dialogs and though they said to write down my recovery key, it was ...
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Removing FileVault2 key from memory on lid close

I would like to know, how to remove FileVault2 keys from memory, when I close the lid on my Macbook pro 15" running Yosemite. It works, when I leave the computer as it slowly goes into standby by ...
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External HD with a Filevault 1 home directory, readable from Lion?

I have the HD from my old Snow Leopard Mac containing my old home directory encrypted with Filevault 1. Can I mount this HD in a USB enclosure as an external volume on a new Mac running Lion, and ...