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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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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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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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