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I need to prevent FileVault from stopping my system from booting

Reviewed on 12 June 2024Published on 26 May 2021

Before you start

To complete the actions presented below, you must have:

  • A Scaleway account logged into the console
  • Owner status or IAM permissions allowing you to perform actions in the intended Organization
  • A Mac mini

Apple FileVault is a disk encryption feature. Ensure that FileVault is not enabled on your Mac mini. If enabled, it will prevent your system from booting.

To turn off FileVault, go to System Preferences, click on Security, followed by FileVault, then click the button that says turn off FileVault.


If FileVault is enabled and your Mac mini reboots for whatever reason, it will ask for the FileVault password during the boot process, before you can access the machine using VNC or SSH. You will not be able to restart it or recover your data if FileVault is enabled.

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