Progress Bar After Login?


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jan 9, 2009
Is it normal to have a gray progress bar after entering your password when Yosimite is starting up?

To see if I can get rid of the progress bar, I've tried doing a total power off and also using Cocktail to clean things up a bit. Disk Utility reports no problems.

This is a five-year-old iMac that didn't seem to have any issues under Mavericks, but this progress bar may just be a new feature while the machine is starting up.

On a newer machine with an SSD, there is no progress bar after logging in to the mac.

Hence my question.

Look forward to any replies.




macrumors regular
Aug 24, 2012
It's normal behavior. I think the SSD is just loading really fast. Yosemite replaces the spinning gear that used to be under the Apple logo during start up with the progress bar now. First time I saw it, I thought it was booting into safe mode for some reason.


macrumors newbie
Oct 21, 2014
It's because you have FileVault encryption turned on. The system takes some time to decrypt the files on the drive. Just confirmed this by turning off the encryption on my macbook because I decided I didn't need it afterall. The loading bar was really bothering me coming from Mavericks.