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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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Problem with FileVault decrypting SSD

While decrypting FileVault, my brother’s MacBook Pro (2013) with an SSD running the latest OS shut down suddenly. I have no clue why he was messing with FileVault but the damage is done. Now when he ...
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How does FileVault work compared to LUKS

I currently use LUKS to encrypt my the drive of my Linux computer. I am planning to buy a Mac and want to enable full-disk encryption. With LUKS you will be prompted for your password before the ...
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Unable to login to older Mac with FileVault

This post concerns an Apple iBook G4 running Mac OS X 10.4.11 -- a PowerPC machine. The machine uses the original version of FileVault ("Legacy FileVault") to encrypt (parts of) the user's home ...
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MacBook reboots during a long sleep if FileVault is turned on

I've turned on FileVault on my MacBook Pro 2018 (High Sierra) and immediately after this the MacBook started to reboot randomly (mostly) when in sleep. First I noticed that after putting my Mac into ...
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Updating to Mojave & enabling FileVault at the same time

Recently I decided to update to Mojave. Additionally, FileVault encyption was mandated remotely. Upon the reboot all hell broke loose. The output of "diskutil apfs list" tells me Macintosh HD is "Not ...
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Speed up FileVault decryption process

There is a reason for me (testing) to turn off FileVault encryption on the boot drive on my Mac running macOS High Sierra (long story, off topic). So, I turned it off in System Preferences. I also ...
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How can I decrypt my HD?

I'm trying to decrypt my disk and turn off FileVault, but I can't do that. Firstly, the Turn Off FileVault... button is disabled. Locked Unlocked Secondly, I try sudo fdesetup disable with Terminal ...
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Does FileVault encrypt the disk instantly?

I have recently found that FileVault is disabled on my machine. Although I remember that I set "encrypt" option when I was setting the machine up. I opened System Preferences and enabled FileVault. ...
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Can't log in to my user on Mojave with Filevault enabled!

I am having issues with my user account in Mojave. The apple support reps and online forums signal that it is due to Filevault. Essentially my MacBook froze one day (beachball) and I powered off. ...
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APFS Encrypted vs APFS + FileVault?

I upgraded the SSD in a Mac Mini and I'm reinstalling Mojave via internet recovery. The disk is completely erased right now, and when creating a new partition it asks me if I want to choose APFS or ...
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Does initial FileVault encryption require user to be logged in?

If I enable FileVault using a specific account on macOS Sierra, does the account have to be logged in for the initial encryption to take place or does the computer just have to be plugged in and awake ...
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Making 2013 Pro SSD work on another Mac - Computer closes after entering the password

My 2013 Pro Mac is broken and I extracted its SSD and mount on an another Mac. The opening screen opens and I see the background image that I have used before and correct username on the screen. ...
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I get an error message when unlocking an APFS FileVault volume with an Institutional Recovery Key

I'm testing an MDM solution (with an in house Server.app MDM instance), which enforces FileVault. It's setup with both an Institutional Recovery Key (IRK) and a Personal Recovery Key (PRK). The last ...
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Do I need to renew the Institutional Recovery Key certificate with FileVault

We plan to roll out FileVault via Apple's own MDM (Server.app). I already have some test-computers enrolled. When I look at the certificate used for the Institutional Recovery Key, it expires in ...
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How to diagnose slow file transfer performance?

I just bought a brand new MacBook Pro and am transferring files from a brand new external SSD hard drive. Performance is much lower than I expected. The picture is showing ~44 MBps, which has been on ...
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Decrypt files recovered from encrypted external hard drive

I am trying to recover the data from one of the external hard drives of my company. I ended up using DiskDrill to extract all the files into a new, non-encrypted hard drive. Unfortunately I made the ...
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What is the character limit for an encrypted USB drive password in Disk Utility?

Is there a character limit for an encryption password when formatting a USB drive as Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted) in Disk Utility? I was able to use a very long 65-character password but was ...
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Is there a way to encrypt a folder and then only allow certain processes to have access to that folder?

I'm aware of technique for creating encrypted folders using disk utility. But I believe once it is unlocked and mounted, any process owned as you or root could read that folder. I'm looking for a ...
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Time Machine for reformatted external FileVault drive: how to explore files in backups; make future backups incremental from there

After the latest backup of an FileVault-encrypted SD was made on TimeMachine, I manually moved the its contents to another disk, then reformatted it, again as encrypted volume, and moved the file ...
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Why am I getting “Time Machine is backing up an encrypted disk to an unencrypted disk” when I'm not using encryption?

I have a new MacBook Pro 2018 model. It is using APFS but I have not enabled File Vault. I'm backing up to a Synology NAS, just but when I run my backups, I get the message: Time Machine is ...
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Why do I get this warning everytime I run First Aid: warning: crypto_val: object (oid 0x4): invalid state.major_version (0)

I have a new MacBook Pro 2018 running High Sierra. I just completed Migration Assistance and configured Time Machine backups. Shortly after I complete my first backup, the MacBook rebooted ...
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FileVault stuck on decrypting 90%

I couldn't partition my hard drive because FileVault was turned on. I then started decrypting, but it got stuck on 90%. After 4 days at 90%, I can still access my device, but it's laggy and ...
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Which frameworks loads before decrypting FileVault? (help me messing around with login screen wallpaper)

as in title, I am messing around with login screen on MacOS Mojave, I managed to change guest picture (it is actually idiotic that you can't change it in settings) and login wallpaper to my own but ...
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After using an Institutional Recovery Key to unlock a drive how can it be decrypted

In macOS 10.13.6 I have a system I inherited. The previous user is gone. The drive is encrypted but an institutional recovery key that I am familiar with is in place. I need to unlock the encrypted ...
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Macbook Air Mid 2012 on Sierra: FileVault killed my keyboard and trackpad

Recently I decided to enable FileVault on my MBA mid 2012 running Sierra 10.12. Things that happened so far in a chronological order: After turning it on in Settings.app it seemed stuck so I forced ...
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MacBook Pro 2018 Windows Boot Camp with FileVault 2 and Bitlocker without TPM

I just got my new MacBook Pro Mid 2018, encrypted my Mac OS Mojave partition with FileVault 2, installed Boot Camp and Windows 10 Pro and wondered if it is possible to encrypt the windows partition as ...
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FileVault and TimeMachine restoration - Unable to turn on FileVault again

I have restored a MBP timemachine backup to a new MBP. On my older machine I have enabled FileVault. The restoration was long. It took about almost 12 hours to transfer 500Gb of data. In the new ...
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“A recovery key has been set” but remains invisible with macOS FileVault

I have just turned on FileFault on macOS High Sierra with option "Allow my iCloud account to unlock my disk." While encryption is running, macOS informs me that "A recovery key has been set". Is it ...
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Cannot enable FileVault on macOS High Sierra

I've just got a new MacBook Pro, currently running macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra. As I'm the only one using it, it only has one user account, which does have admin privileges. However, I'm encountering ...
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Can FileVault protect a macOS partition from a Ubuntu partition?

I’m working on setting up Ubuntu dual-boot on my MacBook Pro, and I’m terrified of doing something that breaks one or more of the systems now on my computer (like an rm -rf that manages to hit both ...
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Change FileVault recovery key from institutional to personal recovery key

Upon leaving my old job, I was given my old Mac which I've used for years and got attached to it, I realised it has an institutional recovery key but I'd like to change that to a personal recovery key ...
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macOS keeps asking for disk password: how to allow a user to unlock File Vault encrypted disk?

After a restore, macOS still requires the disk password. Here what happened: First, I used diskutil to format my disk as APFS encrypted and I set a disk password. Then, I installed macOS High Sierra ...
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What data is accessible after resetting administrator password with FileVault enabled?

I just broke into my boyfriend laptop and reset his password. I'm afraid that he do the same to my laptop. Will he gain access to my notes and browser bookmarks if he resets my password and FileVault ...
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macOS as a guest and in the host

I want to install macOS High Sierra as a guest having macOS in the host but want to know what virtualization software either VirtualBox of VMware provides the best security options between Guest and ...
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MacBook Pro stuck on Update Needed login screen with progress bar

I have a 2011 MacBook Pro running macOS High Sierra. I recently installed an 8 GB RAM module and when I restarted, I was greeted by the Update Needed login screen. I restarted with Cmd + r and found ...
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Using Carbon Copy Cloner 4 to create encrypted bootable HFS+ clones from APFS source

Background According to the Carbon Copy Cloner documentation CCC4 cannot clone the Recovery HD from an APFS source to an HFS+ target: Note: CCC v4 requires an HFS+ formatted source for creating ...
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A new macOS version exists, no update available from the App Store

I recently reinstalled macOS on my MacBook Pro which is now on macOS 10.13.5, which isn't the latest version because I used an old macOS High Sierra installer. However, when I opened the Mac App Store ...
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File Vault Paused

Im trying to update to High Sierra, But can't because my file vault is currently encrypting. (so says the error message) However, when I check the status, it shows that it is "paused" and has been ...
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Whole disk encryption. How can the kernel be encrypted?

A standard pitfall of disk encryption on Linux is needing /boot unencrypted. Specifically the bootloader and initrd. Encrypting the entire disk means putting those somewhere else, e.g. on a USB stick. ...
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Encrypt backups on encrypted APFS drive for Time Machine backup?

I have a 1 TB internal drive (with APFS file system and FileVault enabled) I want to backup using Time Machine to an external USB hard drive. I want the backup itself encrypted so no one who has the ...
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Recover information from FileVault Mac without password [duplicate]

I have my late son's Mac and do not know the password. It has FileVault enabled. Can I get the information from the machine?
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Factory reset halfway through filevault decryption?

I am selling my MacBook Pro and was reading through what to do before factory resetting the Mac. One of the recommended steps was turning off FileVault, but now I want to reset the hard drive and ...
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Does decrypting Filevault2 decrypt files that were emptied from Trash?

On High Sierra (APFS), I read that all files are encrypted from creation to deletion. Upon deletion, the file was unallocated from disk. If a bitstream image of the APFS volume was decrypted using a ...
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Cannot resize APFS partition

The drive is encrypted with fileVault. When i'm trying to grow Macintosh HD to fill Free Space i'm getting with diskutil apfs resizeContainer disk1 197g I'm getting: .... .... APFS Container Resize ...
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How do i have keyboard backlight before login and a turned on FileVault at the same time?

I usually using my MacBook on nights but somehow the backlit won’t work before login, i found out FileVault causes to this, so I turned it off and now it’s OK, but my question is: “How to have a ...
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Bootcamp stuck at: Please wait while boot camp assistant is removing the partitions it created

I am trying to install windows 10 as dual boot on my macbook pro 2017, running mac os mojave (10.14) using bootcamp assistant. It runs normally and then in the end where it removes the temporary ...
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Bruteforce FileVault Encryption?

I've been getting into forensics and penetration testing lately and hoping someone can explain what the below data is and how it might be used to perform a bruteforce (hashcat) attacks against ...
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Recover overwritten Encrypted OS X volume (APFS)

Is there a possibility to recover a 2TB APFS partition that has been altered by a fomatting command to a new 2TB APFS partion (i.e. the real data has not been deleted, encryption password is knonw, ...
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How can I cold-boot a mac with FileVault enabled without physical access to the mac?

If I had a Linux machine, I'd be able to enter the password for the encrypted boot disk in a serial terminal during the boot process, via another machine connected to the serial port I can SSH into. ...
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Macbook suddenly refusing password

Mid-work at airport, Macbook pops login screen. All of a sudden stops accepting my password (which is same password used for all services). After researching the issue and talking to Apple I was ...