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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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Is it possible to mount an encrypted disk image so that only current user is able to access it?

I use VeraCrypt to mount an encrypted volume. When the volume is mounted, other admin users are not able to access it: admin1 % admin1 % su - admin2 admin2 % ls /Users/admin1/veracrypt_mounted admin2 %...
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2017 Intel 4K iMac, broken FileVault decryption

macOS Monterey on a 2017 4k Intel iMac. A week ago I turned FileVault on by mistake, so after it finished encrypting the drive I went straight to decrypt it. Then I assume that near the end of the ...
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Manually Decrypt Partially Cloned APFS Volume

I recently attempted to clone a failing external drive to a new external drive. The clone failed part-way into the process. The original drive hardware has now fully failed, so I'm trying to recover ...
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Unable to use Apple Watch to unlock app and your Mac and unable to turn on FileVault

I have a new M1, first for some reason, nothin happen when I press "turn on FileVault" the button is not greyed out but nothing happen. when I try to enable "Use your Appel Watch to ...
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Can i remove Guest Account completely in Terminal or add a password when logging in even with FileVault enabled?

I have a Macbook Pro, with MacOS Montery Version 12.1 Just wondering if there is a way to either completely delete the Guest Account option on my Mac, not just turning it off, through Terminal maybe? ...
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Replace low-res startup login picture by high-res

Whenever I start up my Mac I need to fill in the password to my user account and it shows this ugly low-res user picture stretched out as my user account picture in the login screen. After being ...
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Can't enable FileVault with secure token

I set up a new Mac Mini M1 (macOS 12.3 / build 21E230). The main user is non-admin, and the admin is a hidden account. I can't enable FileVault. If I press the button, nothing happens. I tried to ...
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Disable/Lengthen FileVault 2 recovery key

Can I use FileVault 2 without a recovery key? If not, can I disable decryption via the recovery key? Otherwise, can I implement a longer recovery key? Reasoning: I use passwords that are at least ...
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Secure Erasing Internal SSDs Using File Vault

I am the "middleman" in an effort to collect old, unused Apple devices from seniors living in an aging-in-place community. My intention is to collect their devices, wipe them clean, then ...
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Does FileVault technically require SIP? [closed]

To disable SIP I must disable FileVault. Is there a technical reason that FileVault needs SIP? IIRC I had FileVault enabled and SIP disabled on older versions of OSX.
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FileVault and erasing SSD: disk utility didn’t ask for any code or password to erase despite FileVault being on

I am trying to sell my MacBook Pro 2011 and want to erase the SSD for good. It’s running High Sierra. Despite what Apple says, I read it’s better to have FileVault turned on and then erase the machine....
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How to turn off “macOS MDM Enrollment”

I have a MacBook Pro that I bought on eBay. There’s an annoying message that pops up every few minutes “macOS MDM Enrollment” is the title. I’ve tried several different methods posted on this site to ...
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MacBook air's 2017 NVMe SSD Trim Support

I recently upgraded my MacBook air's 2017 SSD to 1TB. I used Crucial P2 NVMe SSD with a 3rd party adapter. And it's working pretty well. Recently I heard about macOS Trip support, I use the Filevault, ...
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How to make M1 Macbook (Pro 2021) useless if lost / stolen?

What are risks specifically for an Apple Silicon device? What can I do to make them less critical? If prepared properly, what shoud I do after my Mac is lost / stolen? Here is my homework research so ...
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How to recover encrypted/locked volume on M1 Mac with recovery key, missing password?

I set up my new M1 Macbook Pro about 3 months ago and made a separate volume for safekeeping things inside. This volume shows up in Disk Utility, described as "APFS Volume, APFS (Encrypted)" ...
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I cloned my Mojave boot volume onto a separate volume, but lost encryption. Can I get it back?

In preparation for a long-delayed Mojave-to-Catalina update, I cloned my Mojave boot volume into a separate bootable volume (on the same hard drive, in the same container), using SuperDuper. But the ...
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External bluetooth keyboard and mouse not detected at login screen after reboot

I have a Macbook Pro 15 2018 and Logitech Mx Keys and Mx Master 3 (bluetooth keyboard and mouse) and they are working great. However when I reboot my mac and get to login screen they are not detected/...
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Issue disabling Discrete GFX from Command Line in Macbook Pro 2011 High Sierra

As per the title I am attempting to disable the AMD discrete card so the machine uses only the integrated card. I originally went through the graphics card recall for this machine however as expected ...
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Monterey 12.0.1 login window has corrupt background image

I have a new M1 Max MacBook Pro. I turned on FileVault after migrating from an existing Big Sur install, and now the background image for the login window shows a weird version of the Red Chrome ...
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Monterey Upgrade Crash, Laptop Crashes on Login

2016 MacBook Pro (15", Touch Bar) I am a dev at a development agency, and I was having some compatibility issues between some software and MacOS Mojave (I am told that it was to do with the ...
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FileVault users who are unable to delete files by shell command from Terminal Recovery Mode, here's what to do [closed]

This solution applies to FileVault users who are unable to modify permissions of pesky directories (file folders) or files themselves, in order to delete them. Working with Terminal while in Recovery ...
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Using Terminal in Recovery Mode to Delete files or directories using -rm command (not working) [duplicate]

Edit: please refer instead to this thread for solution. I use File Vault, if that matters. Goal: use Recovery Mode to inoculate a folder on my desktop called Applications, which I did not place there. ...
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What is the practical difference between an unencrypted, password-protected Mac and a FileVault encrypted Mac?

In efforts to learn how to protect a new Apple-silicone laptop from theft, I'm trying to decide whether or not to use FileVault. I know it encrypts all your files on-the-fly, and the barrier to the ...
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Want to remove filevault prompt on shutdown/reboot

Whenever I'm logged in as a certain user and trigger a shutdown or restart, I get prompted to enable filevault. I have searched everywhere to find the hook that causes this prompt, but I can't find ...
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How to clone HDD to SSD with FileVault enabled?

I use an Apple MacBook Pro 13'' mid-2012 with a 1 TB HDD. FileVault is enabled so the disk is encrypted. I'm using macOS Mojave 10.14.6. I purchased an 1 TB SSD (Crucial MX 500, CT1000MX500SSD1). I ...
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Is it safe to encrypt the VM Volume on recent macOS versions?

Background info: I need my McBook to satisfy a newly-rolled-out policy of having "full disk encryption". The relevant software checks this by seeing if all user-mountable volumes/partitions ...
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Is this a Mac Malware

Today I was downloading some apps for an old windows PC I own using my MacBook Pro which has High Sierra. I downloaded Internet Explorer app from a googled source that I knew wasn't secure. And then ...
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Does Apple Time Machine encrypt the backup on the client or the server / target?

I have a Time Machine NAS on a Raspberry Pi 4B with samba. Can you please explain to me how does Time Machine encrypt backups on NAS disk? I'm trying to figure out if encryption and decryption are ...
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Why did this dd copy of an encrypted Time Machine drive to another drive seem to have no effect?

On macOS in past years I have been able to use dd to copy an entire hard drive to another hard drive of the same size. When I did this, everything was copied: the partition map, the volumes, ...
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Disk is no longer encrypted?

I swap between two external drives for Time Machine backups. I swap every few weeks. I just swapped back to a disk that used to be encrypted but it isn't anymore. The backups are working but I no ...
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Using VPN service during prelogin mode

I know that it's possible to run openVPN as a daemon service so it can start operate in prelogin mode ... it's useful so I can have access to the LDAP server that verify user credentials in ...
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Big Sur automatic hfs_convert to APFS STUCK at 10% on external rotational drive

So I have a 3TB external rotational drive that I only ever used with older macOS versions. Big Sur then decided to automatically do a background hfs_convert to APFS on the external rotational drive ...
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How to fix FFFF-FFF partition [duplicate]

I wanted to create a dualboot setup on my Macbook Pro so that I could run Big Sur along with High Sierra. Hence, I created another partition of size 37 GB (disk0s3) to install Big Sur on that ...
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Hardware-independent recovery key similar to Bitlocker?

I've been doing a bit of research about FileVault and APFS recently, but it still confuses me. I learned about the two types of recovery keys for FileVault, personal recovery key and institutional ...
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dd-Image of Target Mode Disk cannot be unlocked (cryptousers lost)

I struggle with understanding APFS and FileVault and I hope you can help me to understand: I put my MacBook in Target Mode and wanted to create a (backup) image on a macmini which I borrowed from a ...
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Time Machine fails since enabling FileVault on iMac with Fusion Drive

I have an iMac with a Fusion Drive, and Time Machine configured to back up to an external USB disk. Everything used to work well, but then I enabled FileVault for the internal Fusion Drive. Since then,...
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Volume password challenge in Migration Assistant

I'm trying to migrate a user account from an old MacBook Pro to a recent, two-year-old iMac. MacBook Pro, Mid-2010, High Sierra iMac, High Sierra I'm able to open Migration Assistant on both devices....
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How to prioritize decryption on older MacBook Pro?

I'm working on a 2011 MacBook Pro, and the decryption process is taking forever. It seems that it speeds up if I click on the System Preferences window. Is there a way to prioritize the process using '...
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Turning File Vault on, and instantly upgrading to macOS Big Sur is not a problem?

I just got a new MacBook Pro 16 inch from the IT department, and after I turned on the machine, it asked me for a series of set up questions. One of them is File Vault, so I answered "Yes". ...
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How do I change the login screen background in macOS Big Sur?

I'm asking for help with FileVault enabled. A similar question was answered for Mojave, but their Swift program doesn't work in Big Sur because /Library/Desktop Pictures/Mojave.heic no longer exists.
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When and how does FileVault decrypt a SSD on a T2 Machine

Based on what the T2 chip, on user log in, decrypts a SSD with FileVault enabled? Bypassing the user password will result in a possible decryption of the SSD? As several years ago there where tools ...
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How to check for and remove FileVault2 iCloud recovery key

[macOS Mojave 10.14.6] I created a bootable external SDD. I apparently didn't follow the traditional path of installing macOS and then enabling FileVault later in settings. Instead, I formatted the ...
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Quickest way to "destroy" the contents of a drive?

Consider a drive protected with the latest iteration of Filevault. If I wanted to make the contents of the disk unrecoverable, I could of course do a security wipe of the entire drive - which would ...
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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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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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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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