I've got to give my computer (mid 2012 MBP, 15", running OSX 10.10) to a repair shop (not Apple store, but Apple authorised) for them to replace the battery.

My concern is that someone at the repair shop could either access data on my drive or install something malicious.

I've got FileVault enabled and a secure password to log in to the machine, is there any further steps I could take (short of removing the HD prior to giving it to them)?

  • Personally, I would remove the drive. It's easy... remove back cover then remove the drive. It's very difficult for people to tamper with something they don't have possession of.
    – Allan
    Apr 18, 2018 at 17:10
  • @Allan if i remove the drive will they be able to power up the computer just to check the battery is working after they install it. Could anything malicous be installed anywhere else on the system eg. ram or other ?
    – sam
    Apr 18, 2018 at 19:55

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If you have FileVault enabled there is no need to do anything else to secure the boot volume of your hard drive.

So if there is only one volume on the drive you are fine. Just shutdown the Mac from the Apple menu before handing it in to be repaired. They will not be able to open the drive (or boot the Mac of it).

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