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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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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 ...
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Accessing encrypted FileVault 2 (?) partition from Snow Leopard

I'm trying to access an encrypted partition on an external hard drive. My dad formatted it in OS X Lion before sending me the drive. I am running Snow Leopard with no access to a Lion install... ...
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Revert encryption error

I'm trying to revert the encryption on my disk, but Disk Utility gives me an unknown error, and from the command line, using sudo diskutil corestorage rever UUID It gives me this error: Error: ...
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With File Vault ON are time machine backups encrypted?

I have been using time machine to back up to a wireless external drive since I got my mac. Today I used filevault to encrypt my hard drive. Will this affect how Time Machine backs up my files? Will ...
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Unable to create Guest Account after enabling FileVault

After upgrading to Lion, I tried creating a guest account and it worked. I enabled FileVault on Lion and went through the process of encryption. After that, when I am trying to create a Guest ...
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What user behavior is necessary to make Filevault 2 maximally secure?

Situation: Filevault 2 passwords can be stolen Passware has released the Passware Kit Forensic 11.3 which is able to steal the FileVault 2 password from the RAM by performing a DMA Attack via the ...
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Does FileVault encrypt my BootCamp partition?

If I enable the new FileVault feature in Mac OS X Lion, will it also encrypt my existing Windows bootcamp partitions? (And/or any new bootcamp partition I create?) Update: If not, where can I get ...
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Does using the new FileVault use up less disk space than Legacy FileVault?

I was using (Legacy) FileVault on Snow Leopard and when I upgraded to Lion, it kept me on Legacy FileVault. I notice that FileVault uses a lot of disk space which is then recovered once I log out. ...
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How does File Vault 2 handle a Windows 7 virtual machine

Thinking about using File Vault 2 on 2010 macbook air. I have a windows 7 virtual machine using vm fusionware that is 13 gb large. What/how will File Vault 2 handle this large space?
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How would enabling FileVault alter my system and TM performance?

What are the pros and cons, performance-wise, of enabling and using FileVault? Is there any at all, or does it slow a computer down significantly or on the contrary speed it up? Also, what effect will ...
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Why is my boot partition listed as Unmounted in Disk Utility?

I recently experienced a kernel panic ("your mac must restart...") due to an issue with Macfusion, so after the reboot I loaded Disk Utility in an attempt to verify the disk in case something was left ...
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Warning: “CSUserAgent wants to access data stored in your keychain.”

For my backups I use an encrypted external hard disk. This hard disk has two partitions (names are: Backup, Private). Today, when connecting the backup I was prompted with the following message: ...
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What issues might (legacy) FileVault cause?

Edit: The below was written before Lion came out, so this post is referring to what is now called "Legacy FileVault", which encrypts only your home directory. I've enabled FileVault on my computer ...
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FileVault sparsefile uses double of actual allocated disk space

I just noticed that for some reason disk usage (du) reports that FileVault in my home directory would use its allocated disk space twice: [/Users]% sudo du -h -d 1 . 184G ./.moo 170G ./moo 204K ...
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FileVault Performance Compromise?

I'm thinking of using FileVault to secure my computer - it looks like an ideal solution for everything. However, I'm wondering - will it effect the performance / battery life of my computer ...
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Is there a way of “re-locking” an internal FileVault 2 encrypted partition?

As an alternative to using encrypted disk images, I created a FileVault 2 encrypted partition in Lion for some important data on the SSD in my MacBook Air. The password is not stored in a keychain. ...
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How long should it take to enable FileVault 2 on a fresh Lion installation?

How long should I expect it to take to enable FileVault 2 on a fresh installation of Lion? I'm using a mid-2010 15" MacBook Pro with an i7 and a 5,400RPM 500GB hard drive with only 10GB used. John ...
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10.7 FileVault & TimeMachine

I would like to know if turning on FileVault affects TimeMachine Backups; if yes how? (E.G. Do the backups become encrypted? etc.)
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Guest login got enabled even though FileVault 2 is enabled and Guest login is disabled

I rebooted my Mac yesterday after installing the Apple update TS4088. Even though I disabled Guest Logins in my Users Preferences and have enabled FileVault 2 since the start, I am able to see Guest ...
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How do you clone a drive encrypted with Filevault2?

Say I have drive A that is already encrypted with Filevault2. I want to make an exact clone of the drive to a different drive B. Every way I've tried so far decrypts drive A first, then clones, ...
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How can I get Time Machine to back up the contents of a File Vault while logged in?

Disclaimer: this question and answer are targeted to the Snow Leopard implementation of FileVault where the user home folder is only encrypted in a bundle. Lion's implementation of FileVault doesn't ...
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SSD Boot drive and encrypted HD

Have an SSD installed in my MBP's optical bay. All works well other than being unable to directly log on to my main home folder, which I think is due to the fact they this folder (still on the HDD) is ...
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Carbon Copy Cloner and FileVault Volumes

I am about to get my SSD back from an RMA process. I currently have my backup HDD and I'm considering utilizing FileVault's full disk encryption. I'd like to minimize the number of writes before I ...
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How do I revert to a previous version of a file using Lion's file versioning tool?

I can't seem to figure this one out. I have filevault running if that makes a difference.