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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3
votes
0answers
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
14k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
75 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
52 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
101 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
30 views

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 ...
5
votes
4answers
5k views

Do Apple laptops use FileVault encryption by default?

Has Apple ever rolled out MacBooks with FileVault enabled by default? If yes, which version(s)? If no, is there a reason why they wouldn't?
1
vote
0answers
47 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
717 views

MacOS Sierra won't boot into Recovery HD even though its there, only OSX Lion Internet Recovery [mid-2012 Macbook Pro (non-Retina)]

I'm having a persistent issue and have tried all of the common fixes I have researched online (will list shortly). Symptoms: Command-R on boot only takes me to Internet Recovery, and a dated one at ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Partition type FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF, drive unmountable

Yes, I already tried this one: Partition type suddenly FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF, drive unmountable My main partition is in this ffffffff-ffff-ffff-ffff-ffffffffffff format or whatever it ...
2
votes
0answers
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
6answers
44k views

Has anyone turned off FileVault after it has completed?

I have a 1TB SSD in a 15" Mac Book Pro It took about 30 hrs to Encrypt, which during, the computer was virtually unusable. It just finished with that and now it says it is optimizing with 5 DAYS!!!! ...
1
vote
0answers
199 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
894 views

MacBook admin account password reset using Apple ID does not work

I talked to Apple support and they were not able to figure this out. MacBook 13 Retina Early 2015 with latest 10.11 El Capitan updates. I changed my admin MacBook user password, tested the new ...
1
vote
0answers
101 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
349 views

Getting Mac to ask for disk encryption password

Sometime in the past if I turned off the power to my Macbook Pro, when I started it up it would ask for a disk password. After that it would load the OS and ask me to select a user to login. Now when ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

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 ...
11
votes
3answers
4k views

Headless Mac mini: Share Screen + FileVault

At the office we have a Mac mini that will be used to run a Teamcity agent. It is a requirement from our security department that we enable FileVault on this machine. I will also need to manage ...
1
vote
2answers
738 views

FileVault Encryption Bypass

Can't get past my FileVault encryption on my Mac as I've forgotten my password. I know my admin username and password, but not my password for my FileVault on my regular user profile. I need to unlock ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

“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 ...
3
votes
0answers
761 views

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 ...
22
votes
3answers
3k views

How do I get the password hint for an encrypted disk?

I created an encrypted disk on a USB drive the other day, and added a password hint. I don't remember what the password is. (I have a scheme for mapping hints to passwords, so when there's a hint ...
2
votes
2answers
6k views

Cannot turn off FileVault process in terminal or DU in macOS High Sierra

Worst mistake of my life upgrading to High Sierra. At first I couldn't use Time Machine with error 11 and so I decided to try FileVault to encrypt my SSD and it's been going for a week, stuck at 10%. ...
1
vote
1answer
58 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
19k views

How do I stop FileVault's decryption?

I accidentally turned off FileVault on my MacBook when trying to allow downloaded Canon driver software to be opened. FileVault is currently decrypting and I want to stop it as soon as possible. How ...
0
votes
1answer
489 views

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 ...
29
votes
4answers
51k views

Change OSX encryption filevault password to match login pass

When I first setup my OSX laptop, my filevault and user login password were the same. At bootup, I only had to login once (with my username and password). I recently changed my OSX password but my ...
7
votes
1answer
4k views

Cannot change APFS encryption password

I have a clean install of macOS High Sierra with APFS Encrypted file partition. During install I checked the "decrypt at login" option, but each have a different password. I now want to change my ...
0
votes
1answer
25 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Convert between FileVault 2 and Disk Utility encryption?

I know of two ways to enable full-disk encryption in macOS Sierra: Turn on FileVault 2, or Boot to recovery, reformat the disk as encrypted, and reinstall macOS. I've read in several places around ...
1
vote
0answers
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
477 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
6k views

Synology NAS (DS218+) and Full Disk Encryption (FileVault2)?

I’m wondering, if there is a way to enable Whole Disk Encryption on a Synology NAS (in my case DS218+). Every topic regarding encryption on a Synology NAS addresses “Folder Encryption” rather than ...
3
votes
1answer
389 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Second login screen has me locked out

I am locked out of my MacBook Pro. When I turn it on, I get the usual login screen which shows my username and asks for my password. I type in my password and at first, all seems right in the world--...
8
votes
1answer
1k views

FileVault: What exactly is the optimizing step about?

After enabling FileVault on El Capitan the partition is encrypted in a first pass. After this phase is complete a second optimizing phase is starting which takes considerably longer than the first ...
3
votes
2answers
939 views

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. ...
2
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
4k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
974 views

How can I repair EFI?

The computer is a MacBook Air. I have OSX Yosemite and Linux Ubuntu 14.04 dual boot. I messed up and damaged my Mac EFI and hence OSX ceased to work. Recovery disk was destoyed too. FileVault is on ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Decrypt an external hardrive FileVault

Recently, I had an accident with my Macbook Pro. I dropped water on it and the motherboard is now dead, which means my Macbook Pro is also dead. Hopefully, the hard drive isn't damaged. When I plugged ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

Can you help me reformat my disk in recovery mode? Seriously botched Yosemite/FileVault installation

I have a mid-2011 macbook air. When I start up my computer, it automatically goes to recovery mode. I have a backup of my data, so I don't care what I have to do to get OS X working again. Disk ...
3
votes
1answer
10k views

Partition type suddenly FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF, drive unmountable

I have two drives inside my MBP, an SSD for the OS and the original HDD for large Data. The HDD has 3 Partitions: My Data (Core Storage volume) 20Gb for Linux 4Gb for Linux Swap Recently I ran ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

FileVault just for /Users/[user] folders, ala Snow Leopard

I know there are many questions like this on AskDifferent, but I've found none that specifically address the fairly glaring omission in more modern Mac OS builds of per-user home folder encryption via ...
1
vote
0answers
180 views

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, ...
1
vote
1answer
122 views

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. ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
26 views

External Filevault disk permissions don't match users on migrated computer

I created a (bootable) backup disk for use in Carbon Copy Cloner and applied Filevault 2 following the CCC instructions. I am using the backup disk to transfer the files to a new computer. The old ...
44
votes
5answers
123k views

Why does OS X show a forgot password prompt when trying to boot or wakeup screen?

Something came up today that bugged me a bit, I left my laptop on battery power before going to bed. When starting it up the battery was dead. I plugged it in, and here is what happened: The startup ...