Filevault 2 in Lion + RAIDs + multiple drives

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Loa, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. Loa macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Hello,

    Curious about users that have enabled Filevault 2 in Lion, with RAIDs and multiple drives in their MP.

    Here's my set-up, and I fear that it could complicate filevault usage:
    -I have 7 drives both in and out of my MP
    -My boot drive is a SSD
    -My Users are on a RAID0

    Is this Filevault hell, or easily done?

    Thanks
     
  2. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    Software RAID?

    Do you really need FileVault on a desktop? How is your physical security?
     
  3. Loa thread starter macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Hello,

    Ya, software RAID.

    Actually, I only need filevault on a single user account, so the 10.6 filevault is PERFECT for me. I'll try and hold off uppgrading to Lion as long as I can, but I guess I'll be forced to one day, and I want to be prepared.

    Loa
     
  4. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    You could use third-party encryption, like TrueCrypt. That will let you decide what to encrypt.
     
  5. Loa thread starter macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Hello,

    Thanks, I'll bookmark it if ever I'm forced to up(down)grade to Lion.

    Loa
     
  6. ne1for23 macrumors newbie

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    Just so you're not surprised later... Filevault 2 doesn't support software RAID volumes at all. You'll be warned upon installation of Lion as well with a failure at the end of trying to enable Filevault 2 on software RAID volumes (don't ask me why they provide your key, let you submit recovery questions to Apple and THEN fail).
     
  7. Loa thread starter macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Hello,

    Thanks for the warning, but I'm not really surprised. How many Mac users without a Mac Pro actually use software RAIDs? And it's becoming obviously clear that Apple is steering away from big heavy machines. :-(

    Loa
     
  8. dyn macrumors 68030

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    Truecrypt heavily relies on MacFUSE which does not work with any 64 bit kernel. You need to be using the 32 bit kernel. MacFUSE is an abandoned project so do not expect anything from that. Most software that relied upon it have ceased to exist or changed their innards so it works with 64 bit kernels. There are spin off projects for MacFUSE such as Fuse4X and OSXFUSE but that is still very early stage software and the software (truecrypt) needs to support it (although OSXFUSE is working on something where you don't have to). Might be something for the future but not now.

    An alternative to truecrypt with be an encrypted disk image. It doesn't have certain features truecrypt has (plausible denyability) but it is in fact what the old filevault used (it stored the homedir in an encrypted sparsebundle).
     
  9. derbothaus macrumors 601

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