Checking if a drive has finished encrypting

calabi

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Hello!

I cannot seem to find the answer to this anywhere. When you perform an in-place drive encryption in Mavericks (right-click and encrypt via context menu), is there a way to tell once the drive has been fully encrypted?

Thanks,

C
 

Macman45

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Hello!

I cannot seem to find the answer to this anywhere. When you perform an in-place drive encryption in Mavericks (right-click and encrypt via context menu), is there a way to tell once the drive has been fully encrypted?

Thanks,

C
Open activity monitor and click the disk tab...that should tell you...you should also see the encryption process in the list.
 

calabi

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Dec 28, 2007
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Thanks, I'll have a look there. Any idea what the process would be called?
 

calabi

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Thanks for the link, I've had a look on this page and it doesn't seem give any indication of how to tell?

I'm just after a simple indication so I know my drives are finished and fully encrypted but it doesn't look like this is part of the operating system.
 

Weaselboy

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Hello!

I cannot seem to find the answer to this anywhere. When you perform an in-place drive encryption in Mavericks (right-click and encrypt via context menu), is there a way to tell once the drive has been fully encrypted?

Thanks,

C
I just did a test with a USB key and the process diskmanagementd in Activity Monitor stayed high the few minutes the encryption was occurring, then dropped back to zero when it was done.

Also, you should be able to tell in Disk Utility when it is done. The drive will remount and it will look like this showing the partition name as the physical drive name at the top since this is now a logical volume.

 

mfram

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The only way I know how to tell is by issuing a shell command in Terminal.

Code:
diskutil cs list
While the transition is happening the volume will be in the "Coverting" state and it will give a percentage complete.
 

Bear

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Hello!

I cannot seem to find the answer to this anywhere. When you perform an in-place drive encryption in Mavericks (right-click and encrypt via context menu), is there a way to tell once the drive has been fully encrypted?

Thanks,

C
As mentioned above, the diskutil command is the best way to check. It is safe to eject the disk in the middle of encryption, sleep your system and shutdown or restart your system. The encryption process will continue when the drive is mounted again or the system woken up from sleep or the system is restarted.
 

calabi

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Dec 28, 2007
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The only way I know how to tell is by issuing a shell command in Terminal.

Code:
diskutil cs list
While the transition is happening the volume will be in the "Coverting" state and it will give a percentage complete.
Some great answers here, mfram this command is really handy. Thank you!