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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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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Is there a FileVault compatible 3rd party Bluetooth keyboard?

Whole disk encryption on macOS requires HID devices to be able to connect before most of the system has booted up. Logitech support recommends turning off FileVault (!!) or not to use Bluetooth (their ...
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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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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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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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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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Cannot enable FileVault (options greyed out) on macOS Catalina Clean install

I just did a clean install off 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 apple filesystem and installed ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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External FileVault encrypted SSD can no longer be mounted

I have an external 4TB SSD, formatted HFS (MacOS Extended, Journaled, encrypted). It has one volume, called "Daten". All of a sudden (after installing 10.14.6 Supplemental Update) the volume no ...
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FileVault password and login options

I've had a Mac for years now, and I used to customize a lot the way the login screen and filevault password used to work on my device. Recently, I had to handle it to the Apple Store for a logic ...
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Why was my macOS login password reset for the second time without my intention?

Today, for the second time in a 2-yearly span it happened to me that my macOS login password stopped being accepted overnight and I had to reset it via Apple Id (it doesn't let you use anything but ...
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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 ...