PSA for those using FileVault

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sdwaltz, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. sdwaltz macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2015
    My 2011 i7 MBP was running like crap doing pretty menial tasks. 480gb SSD with plenty of space, 16gb of RAM. It was also running very hot far too often despite cleaning the fans. There was no reason for it and it was really starting to bug me.

    Filevault was on, so out of curiosity I turned it off to see if it'd help and voila...this thing runs as well as it did out of the box when I brought it home 7 years ago.

    I've seen some threads with people asking about the effects of FileVault on performance, and the general consensus was that if you have a SSD, you shouldn't really see a drop in performance. I've found this not to be the case so I wanted to pass this along just in case anyone was looking to get a bit more speed from their aging machine.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I think your issue is the exception, I have a 2012 rMBP and have zero issues or performance problems with FV. If you have any personal data on your Mac and you use the MBP outside of your home, you are at risk for someone stealing your computer and accessing that data.

    Did you try re-enabling it and seeing if the performance falls again?

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