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I need to prevent FileVault from stopping my system from booting

Reviewed on 18 December 2023Published on 26 May 2021
Security & Identity (IAM)

To perform certain actions described below, you must either be the Owner of the Organization in which the actions will be performed, or an IAM user with the necessary permissions.

  • You have an account and are logged into the Scaleway console
  • You have created 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 to recover your data if FileVault is enabled.

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