Questions tagged [filevault]

FileVault is a macOS feature allowing full-disk encryption using XTS-AES-128 with a 256-bit key. Older implementations encrypted the user folder only.

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Secure wipe of SSD with FileVault [closed]

I wanted to do a secure wipe of my MAC with an SSD. I read online about enabling FileVault and then running a standard wipe and reinstall of MAC OS from disk utility. I did that. All went well. But ...
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Update loop on Macbook Air

I am trying to help some friends getting their Macbook Air 2017ish working again. The issue is that when logging in, a progress bar will show, and after a while, the update will fail. This happens ...
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Some USB Ports dont support usb hub after login

I have a problem that seems to be a combination of other problems mentioned here & on the apple support forums. I've tried al the fixes I could find but am still coming up short. I have a USB-C ...
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Mac not bootable, save files with other mac

I am looking for a way to recover files from a Mac. Following facts: The files I want to recover are on Mac #2. I have another Mac if I need it. Mac #2 no longer turns on. It no longer boots up. It ...
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Is it possible to encrypt an HFS+ disk in MacOS 11.2.1?

I use USB-connected, mechanical disk drives as Time Machine backup media. I have a lot of data. I encrypt them. They are all formatted as HFS+ . In this post, I use the expression HFS+ to mean "...
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Do linked files located on FileVault partition make the encrypted file readable?

Question Does a link, symlink, or macOS finder aliases to a file/directory located on a version 1 FileVault partition/container/volume to a partition not under the FileVault coverage allow unencrypted ...
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Remove permissions from the internal drive when booting from external drive

I have a macbook runnning Catalina. I would like to know if it's possible, when I am booting from an external SSD another version of Catalina to not be able to access the internal drive of the Macbook....
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Will my time machine back up go crazy if I changed my password for file vault?

I was thinking of changing my FileVault password to a stronger one - and that got me wondering if that will mess up my time machine. Can i ask what is the proper way to change the password of your ...
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Old iMac Hard Drive not readable as external

My friend's iMac would not boot. I ran TechTool Protogo using a thumb drive with TTP 9 to test the hard drive. It reported several hundred failed sectors on the drive, so I recommended we replace it....
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Encrypt Documents folder without using Filevault in Catalina

I have a 2012 Mac Mini running Catalina (10.15.7) that has been suffering Bluetooth issues for the last month or so leading me to try most things on the Internet that I could find to fix a ...
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M1 Mac (in DEP) first created user has no Secure Token

I have an M1 Mac that is in DEP (using Jamf). If I wipe the machine (from within Recovery Mode) and reinstall Big Sur 11.1, the first created user does not have a Secure Token, and so I can not enable ...
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How can you verify that FileVault 2 is enabled on a macbook?

I bought a Macbook Pro the other day to test out to see if I like it enough to switch from Linux on my personal laptop. Aside from numerous aches and pains as I try to learn the Mac way of doing ...
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Cannot login or unlock FileVault encrypted volume after a Big Sur update gone wrong

I am facing a little nightmare here after trying to update a FileVault-encrypted two-port 2017 Macbook Pro from Mojave to Big Sur. During the update the following error ocurred: An error occurred ...
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recover a deleted file while the filevault is turned on

If I turn on the file vault and someone turns it off and recovers the deleted file, does it recover to an encrypted state? And if someone knew the password on my MacBook, could someone decrypt the ...
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Is there a FileVault compatible 3rd party Bluetooth keyboard?

Whole disk encryption on macOS requires HID devices to be able to connect before most of the system has booted up. Logitech support recommends turning off FileVault (!!) or not to use Bluetooth (their ...
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Setting preference for com.apple.loginwindow to disable auto login in managed system

I was setting disable autologin manually using the following command defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow DisableFDEAutoLogin -bool YES. However, it didn’t read this new attribute ...
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Option to unlock fileVault without password

For regular login using loginWindow, there's a way to use SmartCard instead of typing a password. I was wondering if it's also possible to unlock the fileVault using the same mechanism or any other ...
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Differential diagnosis: source of password error with external HD

I have a LaCie Rugged external HD that has had issues with the password for the disk-level encryption resulting from being formatted in macOS Recovery for use with Time Machine. On a number of ...
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Cannot enable FileVault (options greyed out) on macOS Catalina Clean install

I just did a clean install off off my MacBook Pro by dd'ing the hard drive, and then installing macOS Catalina from a bootable USB. I formatted the internal ssd using apple filesystem and installed ...
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Encrypting Disk stuck on “Status: Checking”

I have a Mac mini with 2 disk, and I wanted to encrypt the second (non-boot) disk. I used Finder's right click > Encrypt to start the encryption process. However, it seems to be stuck. diskutil cs ...
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Make FileVault password different from user login password?

In macOS Catalina, I want to specifically set a different (and longer) password for unlocking FileVault (e.g. when I first turn my MacBook Pro on) vs. a shorter password to use in more casual contexts ...
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Enabled FileVault with disabled SSV possible with Big Sur?

My Hardware is a 2019 MacBook Pro 15" has the T2 chip and runs macOS 11.0.1. After disabling SSV via csrutil authenticated-root disable and rebooting I can not enable FileVault. Unfortunately the ...
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Cannot reset password using Apple ID

I got quite the headscratcher here... I'm in a password reset loop. I have been tasked with "fixing" my wife's MacBook. I'm a technical support engineer for SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD on the Windows ...
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What is APFS “Disk User” and how to add multiple crypto users via diskutil?

I recently learned that it is possible to encrypt an APFS volume within a container from the CLI using the diskutil command like so: diskutil apfs encrypt -user disk disk3s1 where disk3s1 is the only ...
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how does FileVault get the key to unlock an encrypted drive?

I an trying to understand how FileVault (specifically the later version used in recent macOS releases, i.e. FileVault 2) stores and retrieves its encryption key. This is prompted by two specific ...
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T2 chip encryption benefits: “Your encrypted SSDs automatically mount and decrypt when connected to you mac.”

I just read the mac page about SSD encryption by the T2 chip here Always back up your content to a secure external drive or other secure backup location so that you can restore it, if necessary. You ...
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T2 Chip/Filevault 2 Isn't Asking for Password Before Unlocking System Drive

I have a 2018 Mac Mini with an encrypted system volume that should only be unlockable by a single user. It used to be the case that when I started up my computer I get a brief apple logo then see a ...
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Is there an auto-login setting for Filevault? (To avoid asking for password)

Is there an auto-login for FileVault? I ask because I think I had this but now I don't: I am now asked for "Disk Password" on startup of my Mac, but didn't used to be. The reason why I think ...
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How enable iCloud-based recovery when setting up FileVault via the command-line tool fdesetup?

When enabling FileVault using the GUI (System Preferences < Security & Privacy < FileVault), it is possible to configure a linked iCloud account which can be leveraged for lost password ...
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Will enabling FileVault convert my HFS+ disk to APFS?

I have a 2017 5K iMac running Mojave 10.14.6. It has a 2 TB Fusion drive internally formatted as HFS+. FileVault is not enabled, but I wish to do so. Will the disk have its format changed to APFS ...
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What does “FileVault: No (Encrypted at rest)” mean?

I have a new MacBook Air 2020 running Catalina 10.15.6 and I'm asking about the encryption on the internal SSD. When I run diskutil apfs list it shows that both the "Macintosh HD" and "...
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Accessing files on a macbook pro

My boyfriend died in a violent hit and run. All of his photos are on his macbook pro laptop. His iphone is locked with a pin code and his computer is locked with a password or a recovery key. His ...
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MacBook Pro 2019 reset to factory: Mojave or Catalina?

I am new to Macs. I need to reset my MacBook Pro 2019 to factory settings. It was on Mojave originally then I upgraded it to Catalina. My questions are: Should I follow the steps of reset for Mojave ...
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Is there a Recovery Key for encrypted external drives?

When you encrypt your startup disk with FileVault, macOS gives you a recovery key. Does macOS also create one for external drives? If not, would it be possible to make it create one?
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FileVault decryption accidentially started - what will happen?

I accidentially started to decrypt my FileVault so I am wondering what is the process? Will it reset my computer so I will have to put in my info? Or will It just start up again and ask for my ...
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How do I restart a Mac using voiceover when filevault is enabled?

The Voiceover Login screen has a different UI/UX when FileVault is enabled. I am unable to navigate to different screen options using VO + arrow key. The secret commands like >restart do not work ...
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Would this loophole for stolen MacBook Pro Retina work, or can macOS detect this and stop it?

Imagine a Late 2013 Retina MacBook Pro. It's got FileVault 2 enabled, it's been shut down (so the disk is encrypted) and the EFI Password is set, so they can't boot from another disk or reinstall ...
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How to ensure a stolen MacBook Pro Retina is useless to a thief?

(There are similar questions to this, but they all are old, like OS X Snow Leopard old. This is for Catalina era.) I carry my MacBook Pro on me almost always when I go places. I keep it in my ...
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How to remove the wallpaper from the bootscreen on FileVault 2?

I have an Early 2013 15" Retina MacBook Pro and, as I take it with me places, I keep FileVault enabled. However, I don't like the boot screen having a wallpaper on it, or the fact that it shows my ...
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Reset/reformat FileVault-protected machine without login password, macOS Catalina

I received a FileVault-protected MacBook running macOS Catalina and do not know the administrator login password. How do I perform a factory reset or otherwise prepare the laptop for a new user? An ...
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Re-encrypt using same recovery key - FileVault on macOS - Macbook Pro 2018

I have a MacBook Pro 2018 laptop with hard disk encrypted with FileVault and a recovery key set. It is an office laptop and I don't have the recovery key (which probably, the IT Admin has). I am ...
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How to log in using external keyboard on MacBook Pro

I have a 2015 MacBook Pro in front of me that had an issue with water being spilled on the keyboard. As a result of this, it was reported to me that the main issue was it appeared as if the shift key ...
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How can FileVault encryption process be stopped/disabled?

I enabled FileVault on my Mac running High Sierra in the Security and Privacy System Preferences tab. Now my computer is extremely slow, I can't even use it. FileVault is still in the process of ...
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How long does it take to decrypt a hard drive with FileVault?

I'm decrypting my hard drive with sudo fdesetup disable (because system Preferences would stop responding when I clicked "Decrypt"), and it doesn't show the progress. So I left my iMac on sleep mode ...
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Can't Delete Folder, Hard Drive Issue - ci_free_count is not valid

Running the latest MacBook Pro from Fall 2019. 2 TB internal SSD. Was doing a build and the power cut out. Restarted the computer and found a folder that I could not delete. Tried all the tricks: ...
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Keyboard lag, lost keystrokes, and high fan speed in Filevault's EFI pre-boot unlock/login screen (MacBook Pro 2017)

I have a MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017) with macOS 10.15.4 and FileVault enabled. When I boot the machine, the Filevault's pre-boot unlock screen appears as normal, prompting me for my password. Now, ...
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Unmounted Macintosh HD - Data partition / fsroot tree is invalid

MBP late 2012, SSD encrypted AFPS macos 10.15.3 I can pass the first filevault password for Macintosh HD but then classic macos kernel panic screen because the the data partition cannot mount.
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User folder on a different, AFPS Encrypted volume as Home folder?

I have one of these iMac 5K which came with 128 GB Flash storage and 1 TB HD as Fusion Drive. Very quickly I replaced the disk with 2 TB SSD. For some time, I used the Flash as boot & apps & ...
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How user's name can be displayed before disk is decrypted, when FileVault is turned on?

As far as I understood, FileVault provides full disk encryption functionality. What gets me puzzled though, is that once computer (with disk encrypted using FileVault) is turned on - username is ...
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MacOSX El Capitan - After using command line to create a new user, why won't the user appear in the login screen on bootup?

Using sudo dscl to create new users with and without admin privileges. The newly created users for some reason are not in the login screen on bootup and using the input entries for users do not login ...

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