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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 there a way to mirror to HDMI display on FileVault login screen?

I have a MacBook Pro Retina & Mavericks, with FileVault 2 enabled. I also mirror to an HDMI display, but it doesn't show anything on FileVault 2 login. This is an issue, because I'd like to get a ...
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Cannot enable FileVault (options greyed out) on macOS Catalina Clean install

I just did a clean install 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 the Apple filesystem and installed it ...
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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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Difference between FileVault and setting a partition format to Mac OS (Journaled, Encrypted)

Since I have multiple partitions (some for Linux and some for Mac OS) I can't enable File Vault. It somehow complains that it can't do the encryption, given that there are other partitions. Now what ...
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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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Does FileVault on macOS Monterey say it will use a recovery key, regardless of your choice, if you have an Apple ID 2FA recovery key?

Running a MacBook Pro 14" (M1 Pro, 2021) running Monterey 12.6 (FileVault off), if I go into System Preferences > Security & Privacy > FileVault, it says that if I use FileVault I would ...
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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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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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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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Encryption of APFS volume won't finish

A few weeks ago I told all of my three external hard drives to encrypt. This went well, macOS (10.13.4) converted them to a APFS formatted encrypted volume, except for one drive. This drive doesn't ...
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FileVault 2 Boot camp Partition

I have seen several different answers to this question and so I am a bit confused. If I enable Filevault 2 upon setup of my 2016 Macbook pro and THEN create a windows partition for boot camp, is the ...
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How to make sure MacOS Recovery creates a Recovery Partition with Time Machine Restore?

I took a Time Machine backup to an external drive from old MacBook (Sierra) and then put it to a new one (High Sierra automatically) using macOS Recovery and "Restore From Time Machine Backup". Drive ...
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FileVault will not finish and cannot turn FileVault Off

I have a MacBook Air and when I tried to install High Sierra, I was unable to do so because I received the message that I needed to turn FileVault off. When I went to FileVault it showed that it is ...
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Users on boot screen don't refresh

I'm running macOS 10.13 on a MacBook. Users & Groups show me one Current User and a deactivated Guest User: but on the boot screen another user shows up, that I had added and removed a few weeks ...
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Apple's "sparse bundle" format documentation

I have on my hands a corrupted disk drive with a legacy FileVault image (.sparsebundle directory) and want to attempt to recover it. However, publicly available information I could find on this ...
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OS X prompts for password when connecting unencrypted volume and Disk Utility repair does not work

I have an external 250 GB SSD which now, when I connect it (via USB) to the computer, causes the OS (10.10.3) to prompt me with: Enter a password to unlock the disk The problem (well, a problem) ...
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Are repeated FileVault-related harddrive problems a signal that I have greater hard drive problems?

I found a great answer in the forums for an incorrect block count/invalid free block count problem that Disk Utility diagnosed when logged in but couldn't see in Recovery HD mode. Turning off ...
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OSX Mac Filevault2 prevent shutdown on login screen

I recently encrypted my 2014 Mac, OS X 10.9.5, using FileVault2. I noticed that the computer shuts after 5 minutes if there is no activity on the login screen. I believe this is a feature of ...
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FileVaults asks for Recovery Key, no option for User Password

My Mid-2012 Macbook Pro 13" (Core i7) with Mountain Lion (10.8.5) always asks for the FileVault recovery key (consisting of 24 digits and letters) when awakening from hibernation. I just get the ...
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How to make a bootable (encrypted) copy in an external drive from a FileVault 2 encrypted boot partition

I configured my MacbookPro (Retina) as follows: /dev/disk0 (GUID partition scheme) EFI 200 MiB Apple CoreStorage 128 GiB <- FileVault 2 encrypted Apple Boot 650 MiB <- ...
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Does File Vault store unencrypted data even if encryption is enabled in File Vault?

I noticed that a new File Vault 2 Backup volume first is backed up to, than encypted (for a few hours). So the first backup is unencrypted??? I already didn't like that about a new install of lion.
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What is the point of FileVault on a Mac with the T2 security chip if the chip is already responsible for encrypting the drive?

Does having a Mac with a T2 chip automatically prevent someone from booting into Recovery mode or Target Disk Mode or from accessing disk utility or a terminal without having a user's password ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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macOS Mojave hibernatemode 25 | Dark Wake/ sleep wake

I have set hibernate mode to 25 and the standby time to 0 in macOS Mojave. Now my idea is that the Mac goes to deep sleep (no power to RAM). Most of the time it works; if I open the lid I see this ...
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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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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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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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Time machine - does it do its own encryption, beyond volume encryption?

Time Machine allows encrypted backups. Where does this encryption happen? Is the data written to files inside the time machine volume encrypted? If so: does this mean it's possible to end up with "...
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FileVault is frozen and slowing down computer

I'm having issues with FileVault being stuck while encrypting, and it's causing major slow downs in my system. I initially had my file system set to case-sensitive, which prevented me from installing ...
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Is it safe to leave encrypted (FileVault) macOS as is when leaving a company?

Last day at work. I have a Mac Mini with Sierra on board. FileVault is turned on. Disk is fully encrypted and the OS is not linked to AppleID. Just a local user account. Assuming that only I know ...
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Notify someone by email if FileVault Safari-Only Guest User logs in

This question is related to questions 154363 and 144801 (I can't link to them b/c I don't have the reputation and need my two link limit below), but they don't quite answer what I need. Please note ...
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Why do macOS accounts passwords with FileVault2 not work with punctuation or accented characters?

My MacBook Pro is running Sierra with FileVault enabled. I recently enabled iCloud 2 factor authentication. I had previously been using 2 factor verification, and my macOS account password was linked ...
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Temporarily set non-iCloud password; now both temporary and iCloud passwords required at startup

My Yosemite MacBook Pro is normally set to use my iCloud password. Taking it in for service to the Apple store, they suggested I create a temporary password, which I did by going to Users & Groups ...
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Does iCloud keychain stores FileVault passwords?

My MacBook Air drowned today and it was connected to an external hard drive encrypted with FileVault. I can't remember password for it. Will new Mac sync that password from iCloud or is the encrypted ...
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Broken FileVault Drive

I'm coming to you having a few issues with my old hard drive. Basically, my MacBook crashed a few days ago. It seems like my disk has some bad sectors and has started a kind of autodestruction ...
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Filevault (or something else) preventing Nvidia drivers from loading

I attempted to migrate to a new mac pro, in preparation I did the following : Using Carbon Copy Cloner, clone my primary drive to a new drive. The source drive was using file vault 2 and I ensured a ...
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FileVault 2 gives "boot file not written" error

I'm trying to enable FileVault 2 in Mountain Lion, but a few steps into the process of turning on the encryption I get the error "Boot file not written" and the encryption fails to succeed. Anyone ...
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"Failed to upgrade encrypted tmbootpicker.efi" in Time Machine backups

I've noticed the error "Failed to upgrade encrypted tmbootpicker.efi: Error Domain=NSCocoaErrorDomain Code=-50 "Could not find any Apple_Boot corresponding to the encrypted volume..." UserInfo=...
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dd macOS disk – encrypted after dd

I am trying to clone a regular macOS disk (iMac to MacBook – MacBook connected in disk mode) with APFS (not encrypted or something). For this I am using dd to clone the whole disk. Strange is, that ...
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Login screen lists "Recovery Key" but I am not using FileVault on my Mac Mini

Is this for my MacBook Pro perhaps? Both are M1 Macs (same Apple ID / iCloud account), the Mini is on Monterey while the MBP is now on Ventura. FV is enabled only on the MBP, but a Recovery Key shows ...
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File Vault decryption paused, switch to external?

I have an old MacBook Pro that was running super sloooow. I decided to upgrade to an SSD. The original drive was encrypted, so I wanted to decrypt before I cloned the drive. I think that's where I ...
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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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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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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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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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