Mac mini 2014 (i7) - Filevault

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by lasniko, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. lasniko macrumors member

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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!
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Any of the Core i processors support AES-NI, so the performance hit from FileVault is almost nil.

    Just FV it. All my Macs are FV-ed.
     
  3. lasniko thread starter macrumors member

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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?
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    There is no reason not to just do it now. There is no need to do a clean install to use FV.
     
  5. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    You can FileVault it any time you want, there won't be a difference.
     
  6. lasniko thread starter macrumors member

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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.
     
  7. lasniko thread starter macrumors member

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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
     
  8. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    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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  10. steve217 macrumors regular

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    Anandtech reported a 24% performance hit.

    That was enough to scare me off FV.

    Any rebuttals?
     
  11. hfg macrumors 68040

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    Well ... that was a 2011 report with a 2011 model Sandy Bridge Macbook Pro. There are posts here regarding more modern day processors and how efficiently they handle the FV encryption process.
     
  12. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Here is a test showing almost no difference at all.
     
  13. lasniko thread starter macrumors member

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    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.
     
  14. steve217 macrumors regular

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    Thanks, guys.

    I've got the i5 Ivy Bridge Mini (2012). I might just give FV a try.
     

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