TL/DR: encrypted separate disk partition for /Users won't index

After installing too many junky apps, especially system monitors - I decided to reinstall. I grabbed a USB external 1TB drive, backed up my main internal (815 GB used of 1 TB), and erased it.

I partitioned my internal drive and reinstalled macOS Sierra on the smaller main partition. Then after googling for the best way to do it, I added the second partition as /Users to /etc/fstab using vifs. After some undesired juggling of accounts and locations - including putting an admin account elsewhere on the primary partition - my user account was working fine under /Users on the secondary partition.

Then I clicked on the disk in Finder and selected 'Encrypt.'

Well, not completely. Spotlight simply won't touch the /Users partition.

Here is my diskutil list output:

/dev/disk0 (internal, physical):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *1.0 TB     disk0
   1:                        EFI EFI                     209.7 MB   disk0s1
   2:          Apple_CoreStorage Beornholm               62.9 GB    disk0s2
   3:                 Apple_Boot Recovery HD             650.0 MB   disk0s3
   4:                  Apple_HFS                         62.4 GB    disk0s4
   5:          Apple_CoreStorage                         873.8 GB   disk0s5
   6:                 Apple_Boot Boot OS X               134.2 MB   disk0s6

/dev/disk1 (internal, virtual):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:                            Beornholm              +62.5 GB    disk1
                                 Logical Volume on disk0s2


diskutil info says it has no file system:

   Volume Name:              Not applicable (no file system)
   Mounted:                  Yes
   Mount Point:              /Users
   File System:              None

I'm not sure the encryption was successful. The Finder "Encrypt" option is still there.

Can someone help me figure out how I screwed this up? I don't really want to start from scratch, unless you have an affordable option for fast data transfer on a 2011 MBP with USB 2.0.

  • I don't understand this nesting. Well, I understand it technically but what's the purpose of displacing the /Users folder on a small partition on the same disk (except an admin account somewhere else), mapping it back to the main system volume and then trying to encrypt everything? – klanomath Nov 5 '16 at 16:18
  • I want to make it easier to do a fresh reinstall of the operating system on the main partition if needed without having to duplicate 850 MB of files from a backup. I thought using a separate partition was a good way to isolate my user files. Maybe this isn't the best way - I'm open to suggestions. – Andrew Wolfe Nov 5 '16 at 22:52

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