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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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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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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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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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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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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FileVault - One account can unlock but preventing full login and forcing logout and login again with other user

When I installed macOS I was able to do it on a newly formatted and APFS encrypted disk. That worked fine. Then installation went forward and on reboot I was asked for a DISK PASSWORD. ...
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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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External SSD drive, problem restarting Mojave

Here is a situation: iMac 5K from 2014 with Fusion drive, fusion drive is formatted as APFS, volume is called DATA and there is nothing on it. Firmware password is set. External USB drive (SSD) is ...
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Can't remove file from trash

I'm having trouble emptying the trash on Catalina. FileVault is enabled. Trying to empty from Finder warns X11R6 can't be modified or deleted because it's required by macOS. It's a link to /opt/X11 ...
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Password reset with Filevault recovery key not working

My OSX machine somehow said my password was incorrect and I ended up using the recovery key to get in to the password reset step. When I try to enter a new password and want to save that the fields ...
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Turning on FileVault with a symlinked directory

Running Mojave (10.14.6). There's not enough room on my SSD for my Music, Pictures, and Movies. I have those on an external drive. I have not yet turned on FileVault. If I create symlinks for those ...
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MBP will reboot after unlocking filevault partition

I'm running a MBP 2015 retina with 512GB SSD with macOS 10.14 and Windows10 with bootcamp. The macOS parition is encrypted with FileVault. Recently I cannot boot into macOS anylonger. Here is what ...
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Can I still use time machine if I encrypt my drive with file vault?

I read somewhere that there are some problems with the time capsule if you encrypt your mac, so I would like to know those before I do that.
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APFS Volume encryption failed to begin (-69596) — Solved

So I have a problem to encrypt an external Thunderbolt-HDD which was converted to APFS. Catalina is installed on that iMac late 2012. First I've tried to encrypt the volume in the Finder via context ...
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Which encrypted items show a hint?

I encrypted some drives with Disk Utility and set a password hint. This hint does not show on a different computer. It's embarrassing because those were backup drives and losing the computer means ...
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Permanently Disable Bluetooth on MacMini 2019

I realize this was asked back in 2014 with this question, but hardware and software has changed a lot over the last 5 years. Here's the specifics of my situation: We haven't purchased the device ...
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Using recovery key on erased FileVault encrypted SSD

My understanding is that with FileVault enabled one can restart a Mac into its Recovery System and erase the hard drive/SSD using Disk Utility. This procedure supposedly deletes the FileVault key, ...
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How to auto-mount a secondary Encrypted HDD on boot?

I have 2 disks on my Mac, the secondary one is encrypted, on my current user it auto mounts, because I have once been asked for the password and I saved it. But for new users, the user is prompted ...
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Howto change the Apple logo after Filevault login?

I managed to change the Apple logo that comes up before my APFS encrypted Filevault disk is accessible from... (That's a white apple on a transparent background). ... to... After logging in and ...
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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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How to allow multiple network users to login on Mac machine which is enabled with File Vault

I have a scenario where I have connected all of our Mac machines to Active Directory (which is pain itself). However, after enabling FileVault from an Administrator account, I saw that network users ...
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MacBook Pro screen broken and was using 2nd monitor fine until I started the process of turning FileVault on

I have a MacBook Pro 2015 with a broken screen (most of it is black and not visible). Before I had it set up where I would just turn it on, connect my HDMI cable to TV or Monitor and it would show ...
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Trouble with updating mobile and local user account passwords

I've started a new position where I manage a number of macbooks running High Sierra and Mojave with Filevault enabled. We've got mobile/network accounts on them that are connected to Active Directory. ...
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APFS system volume gone after Macbook Air logic board failure

I only have partial information, and do not 100% know the exact OSx version or how full the drive was, but I think it was pretty topped out. No recent backups, important data, and I have already put ...
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Black screen after FileVault restart

I’ve recently bought a 2014 MacBook Air 11 and while I was going through the encryption shutdown and hasn’t restarted. Just sat there with a black screen and the Apple logo glowing. I was wondering if ...
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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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What do I need to know if I am going to use FileVault

I am going to big travel trip with my Mac and I have think that turn on FileVault will be a good decision, for the case if may MacBooks was stolen. I have found the stories (https://discussions.apple....
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FileVault 2 Full-Disk Encryption Alternative with LDAP Support

Has anyone come across a full-disk encryption alternative to FileVault 2 for macOS with better LDAP user support? I've been trying to identify a solution for macOS Mojave that: offers pre-boot, full-...
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Why is my ~/Library/Safari/Bookmarks.plist “damaged”?

I'm trying to edit my Safari bookmarks programmatically. When I try to open the file ~/Library/Safari/Bookmarks.plist, I get an pop-up with the error: “Bookmarks.plist” is damaged and can’t be ...
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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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Required to fetch few details on FileVault

I require to fetch below few details on FileVault enabled users. 1)Private recovery key set or not 2)Institutional recovery key set or not 3)Authorized on every logon - supported or not. Which ...
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MacBook Pro showing Username and Passwordfield though unencrypted

I hope i am posting in the right place because i am really desperate. Since yesterday at noon, when i woke up my mac by lifting the screen, it stopped showing me my usual username, asking for my ...
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How to confirm if FileVault encryption has fully completed

How to confirm FileVault encryption has fully completed? While it's in progress, diskutil apfs list | grep 'Encryption Progress' ; fdesetup status will shows percentage of conversion. Later is there ...

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