Tag Archives: FileVault

How to manage lost passwords in OS X

SecurityIconXThere are several ways to lock down your Mac, in order to prevent third-parties from either accessing your data, or using your system for purposes you do not intend. Since your Mac consists of several layers of hardware and software, each can be secured with a password; however, there are times when you may have forgotten your password. In these instances, you will likely be locked out; however, in most cases you should be able to recover your system. Continue reading

Mac not booting or display not working? Here is how to get your files.

HardDriveIconXIn order to access the files on your Mac you will usually need to have a functioning version of OS X, along with a working display so you can interact with your system. From here, you can either use file sharing on the local network to access your data, or copy your data to external drives. However, if your Mac will not boot, or its display is not working properly, then you still may be able to get your data off of it. Continue reading

Fix OS X hanging at bootup after installing 10.10.3

YosemiteInstallerIconXAfter installing OS X 10.10.3, you will find your Mac undergo the standard restart that is part of the update process, but then see it hang up as OS X loads, leaving you with a gray screen. This is likely happening because because of some changes made to Appleā€™s FileVault full disk encryption routine.

Along with the 10.10.3 update, Apple issued an update for the OS X Recovery system in Yosemite, which will adjust some of the contents of the hidden recovery partition. This partition is used for unlocking your boot drive at startup, and it appears a problem with the update for some people has caused the drive to improperly unlock the drive. Continue reading

How to bypass FileVault when you restart your Mac

SecurityIconXWhen you enable FiieVault on your Mac, you greatly enhance its security by encrypting all of its drive contents. This approach makes it exceptionally difficult for any data on the drive to be recovered; however, it does require that whenever you restart your Mac, you provide the password of an account that is authorized for unlocking the drive. Unfortunately, since the OS cannot boot until you provide this password, then this effectively locks out your ability to use your Mac, including accessing it remotely. Continue reading

Fix your Mac stuck on encrypting with FileVault

SecurityIconXApple’s FileVault disk encryption option in OS X is a security feature that is highly recommended, especially for portable systems that can be easily stolen. The feature is easy to set up in the Security system preferences, after which the system should take up to a few hours to encrypt the drive, depending on the size and type of drive being used. This should be relatively straightforward; however, in some cases the encryption may get stuck and show a progress bar that will not advance, even after days of waiting. Continue reading