FileVault 2 vs installing on an encrypted partition

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Egosphere, May 4, 2014.

  1. Egosphere macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2006
    Hi. I was wondering what's the difference between using FileVault 2 once OS X is installed and installing OS X on a partition that's formatted as "Max OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)"? Which is better for performance and security? Thanks!
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    FV2 uses the recovery partition to authenticate and decrypt the main drive, its very fast with the encryption/decryption.

    I don't think the encrypted HFS+ volume is meant to be the main boot drive of your computer.

    With FV2 you can save the recovery keys with apple, with the other option I don't believe that is possible.

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