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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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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 (MacOS High Sierra) in the Security and Privacy System Preferences. 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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How to securely wipe a mac SSD with file vault enabled?

Ive got FileVault enabled on my mac (2017 MBP 15") I want to wipe securely integral SSD, how can this be done ? Ive opened Disk utility to view the erase options, but erase is greyed out, not sure ...
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Time Machine wants to decrypt the backup volume

I replaced the ssd in my mbp. Rather than simply restore from time machine, I reformatted and did a fresh install of Mojave 10.14, I like to start from scratch every so often and this seemed like a ...
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FileVault encryption slow when idle: opposite expected

I have been encrypting a number of external disk using FileVault and have noticed puzzling behavior. The disks are external USB 3.0 disks. When the process starts, I can see that the disk access ...
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FileVault decryption process stuck + iCloud login fail + regular shutdown impossible. What is the problem?

so I am assuming the following problems are all connected as they all appeared more or less at the same time, so please allow me to quickly recap: I have a Macbook mid 2012, 10.13.6 High Sierra. Half ...
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Script out turning on FileVault via ARD

I need to turn on FileVault on several Macs. Rather than hit each one individually and disrupt users' days, I thought it would be smart to create a script to do it using fdesetup. I need, however, to ...
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FileVault on a 128GB SSD 80% full, it will be safe to do?

I need to encrypt my disk with FileVault. It's a MacBookPo (2014), 8GB with 128GB SSD, 80% full. I would like to understand if I could run into trouble because of low space available, if after ...
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How do I encrypt a built-in non-boot drive?

My iMac is a 2013 model with 7200 rpm internal drive. Needless to say, I boot from an external SSD. I found that you can easily encrypt an external drive by right-clicking and selecting "Encrypt..." ...
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Standard user “SecurityAgent” prompt when mounting encrypted APFS volume

I have made a clean install of Catalina 10.15.3 to disk0s5 (disk2/volume macOS). My disk already has Mojave on disk0s8 (disk1/volume macOS2). Both are encrypted with FileVault and and I have stored ...
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Admin vs Domain account

I created my iMac's account as a domain user without admin rights. My IT department then made my account an admin. Currently, every time I change or create files, or when I install softwares I am ...
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FileVault Passkey Question

Helping a friend with their computer. They are running macOS 10.9 with FileVault2. Some "helpful" person turned FileVault on for them, even though they have no need for it. It is now preventing us ...
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How does FileVault generate the key?

How does FileVault generate a recovery key? From my user password? Does FileVault use the same key to decrypt disk on startup as recovery key? Are they identical? I probably know the answers to this ...
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Boot from Terminal in Recovery Mode

Laptop: Macbook Pro 2015 with macOS Mojave freshly upgraded from High Sierra and active FileVault. Issue: After Mojave installation I see the prohibit sign and can't boot as usual What I did so far: ...
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Will Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) file/rsync-based clones to a “target disk mode” T2 MacBook work?

Summary I want to copy my entire OS/volume/disk (which is FileVault-ed) from on MacBook to another, whose volumes(s) are also FileVaulted. Assuming no OS incompatibilities between hardware, will a ...
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iMac Retina codesigning errors in fresh install

I just reinstalled Catalina on an iMac retina and it won’t boot. It freezes near the end of the first boot. The same happens when I try to boot into safe mode. Verbose logging shows code signing ...
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Classic boot disk password before log-in screen in macOS 10.15 (by creating users in single user mode?)

I followed this tutorial to bypass the conversion of a pre-defined hard disk password of my boot drive to the recent FileVault state where macOS doesn't distinguish a boot password from a user ...
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Filevault Decryption process : Kernel Panic - Method to kill decryption process?

I've been trying for two months to update my mac to Catalina, and last night on a suggestion, I disabled FileVault. All was going good and suddenly kernel panic. My mac keeps kernel panicking while ...
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Write permissions on a new encrypted partition

The HD of my MacBook Pro (macOS Mojave) is encrypted with FileVault. Yesterday, I created a new partition from the Macintosh HD (APFS) using the DiskUtility and called the new partition Data (...
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How to disable password prompt for FileVault-protected secondary macOS?

I have a dual-boot setup with two macOS Catalina systems, each protected with FileVault. No system shall store the credentials to unlock the other one to protect them against each other and keep ...
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Decrypt Filevault on a (removed) startup disk

I had a hardware issue with my old Macbook Pro which required me to remove the boot drive. I have attached it via USB to a new Macbook and can unlock and mount it, etc. However I don't see anyway of ...
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Data security while MacBook is on lock screen

I've recently sent my MacBook (running on Catalina) to repair by a licensed Apple service provider. The whole thing was simple (replacing one key cap) and took about 5 minutes or so. But I forgot to ...
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Reset Admin password for macOS Mojave

This is a MacBook Pro running macOS Mojave 10.14.6 with FileVault enabled. In my case the problem is that at the login page, when the computer starts, the admin user account doesn't appear but after ...
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How do I encrypt Macbook?

How do I encrypt my MacBook, I have a windows computer for which I use BitLocker is there something similar for Apple? Macbook Pro Running MacOs Mojave I'm looking to encrypt my entire mac
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What is the difference between FileVault 2 and Disk Utility Encryption?

What is the difference between FileVault 2 and Disk Utility Encryption? Also, what is the better/safer option encrypt disk when reformatting then install mac OS or install mac OS without encryption ...
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FileVault - One account can unlock but preventing full login and forcing logout and login again with other user

When I installed macOS I was able to do it on a newly formatted and APFS encrypted disk. That worked fine. Then installation went forward and on reboot I was asked for a DISK PASSWORD. ...
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Restore from Time Machine backup stalls on disk password request, won't accept true password

I have a machine whose drive became corrupt. I erased the drive and installed a basic system on it. I'm now trying to restore it to its previous state from the last Time Machine backup. I had been ...
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External SSD drive, problem restarting Mojave

Here is a situation: iMac 5K from 2014 with Fusion drive, fusion drive is formatted as APFS, volume is called DATA and there is nothing on it. Firmware password is set. External USB drive (SSD) is ...
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Can't remove file from trash

I'm having trouble emptying the trash on Catalina. FileVault is enabled. Trying to empty from Finder warns X11R6 can't be modified or deleted because it's required by macOS. It's a link to /opt/X11 ...
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Password reset with Filevault recovery key not working

My OSX machine somehow said my password was incorrect and I ended up using the recovery key to get in to the password reset step. When I try to enter a new password and want to save that the fields ...
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Turning on FileVault with a symlinked directory

Running Mojave (10.14.6). There's not enough room on my SSD for my Music, Pictures, and Movies. I have those on an external drive. I have not yet turned on FileVault. If I create symlinks for those ...
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MBP will reboot after unlocking filevault partition

I'm running a MBP 2015 retina with 512GB SSD with macOS 10.14 and Windows10 with bootcamp. The macOS parition is encrypted with FileVault. Recently I cannot boot into macOS anylonger. Here is what ...
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Can I still use time machine if I encrypt my drive with file vault?

I read somewhere that there are some problems with the time capsule if you encrypt your mac, so I would like to know those before I do that.
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APFS Volume encryption failed to begin (-69596) — Solved

So I have a problem to encrypt an external Thunderbolt-HDD which was converted to APFS. Catalina is installed on that iMac late 2012. First I've tried to encrypt the volume in the Finder via context ...
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Which encrypted items show a hint?

I encrypted some drives with Disk Utility and set a password hint. This hint does not show on a different computer. It's embarrassing because those were backup drives and losing the computer means ...
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Permanently Disable Bluetooth on MacMini 2019

I realize this was asked back in 2014 with this question, but hardware and software has changed a lot over the last 5 years. Here's the specifics of my situation: We haven't purchased the device ...
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Using recovery key on erased FileVault encrypted SSD

My understanding is that with FileVault enabled one can restart a Mac into its Recovery System and erase the hard drive/SSD using Disk Utility. This procedure supposedly deletes the FileVault key, ...
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How to auto-mount a secondary Encrypted HDD on boot?

I have 2 disks on my Mac, the secondary one is encrypted, on my current user it auto mounts, because I have once been asked for the password and I saved it. But for new users, the user is prompted ...
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Howto change the Apple logo after Filevault login?

I managed to change the Apple logo that comes up before my APFS encrypted Filevault disk is accessible from... (That's a white apple on a transparent background). ... to... After logging in and ...
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How to enabling FileVault 2 pre-boot login screen functions from the command line

I have seen on a solution from 2013: https://derflounder.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/enabling-filevault-2-pre-boot-login-screen-functions-from-the-command-line/ I am also looking for an exact solution ...
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Enable users icon not working in FileVault

When I go into FileVault, I am unable to click on the Enable Users... icon to add users. How do I fix this?
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How to allow multiple network users to login on Mac machine which is enabled with File Vault

I have a scenario where I have connected all of our Mac machines to Active Directory (which is pain itself). However, after enabling FileVault from an Administrator account, I saw that network users ...

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