Mac mini 2014 (i7) - Filevault

lasniko

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Hi there,

I was wondering if it is good idea to "FileVault" my Mac mini. I guess because of its size it wouldn't be a bad idea to protect (at least) my files.

Two questions:

1) I think that the i7 processor of the new Mac mini 2014 in combination with the SSD won't feel a big performance hit, right?

2) Do you "FileVault" your Mac minis?

Regards!
 

lasniko

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Thank you yjchua95

I already work on my mini. It is ok to FileVault it now, or it would be better to FileVault it during a clean install?
 

lasniko

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I 'll FileVault it asap. I was worried about the performance hit but all I hear is that the hit is negligible.
 

lasniko

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I FileVaulted my mini and I noticed two things that I would like to discuss.

1) The boot screen is not like my FileVaulted MacBook Pro. The MacBook shows a grey screen where I have to type my password and then boots. The Mac mini shows the "normal" login screen with the blurred wallpaper. Is this normal?

2) The magic mouse is "disabled" in the login screen.

Regards
 

yjchua95

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I FileVaulted my mini and I noticed two things that I would like to discuss.

1) The boot screen is not like my FileVaulted MacBook Pro. The MacBook shows a grey screen where I have to type my password and then boots. The Mac mini shows the "normal" login screen with the blurred wallpaper. Is this normal?

2) The magic mouse is "disabled" in the login screen.

Regards
It's perfectly normal. This has been the case since the Haswell Macs that support UEFI 2.0.

PS the mouse isn't actually disabled - it just needs time to connect on the FV login screen. Give it a click or two and wait for a few seconds.
 
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lasniko

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Anandtech reported a 24% performance hit.

That was enough to scare me off FV.

Any rebuttals?
I can't "feel" any performance hit using my Mac mini after FileVaulting it. It seems the same as it was before enabling FileVault. Maybe the performance hit is negligible.
 
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