Skip navigation

"There was a problem enabling FileVault." Error Message.

475 Views 0 Replies Latest reply: Jul 31, 2012 10:23 PM by mhkamal RSS
mhkamal Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Jul 31, 2012 10:23 PM

After several attempt trying to enable the filevault on the newly fresh nstalled Mac OS X Mountain Lion, the same error messages appears:


There was a problem enabling FileVault.

Problems were encountered with the disk “Mac HD”. Please turn off FileVault, verify and (if necessary) repair the disk with Disk Utility, and try enabling FileVault again.


Each time I've done the followings:

1. I've turned FileVault off.

2. I've erased all partitioned on my hard disk drive, using the USB disk containing the installation files of Mac OS X Mountain Lion.

3. I've created a single Mac OS X Journaled, non-Encrypted partition using the disk utility and instaled the OS on it.

4. I've followed the initial proccess of the newly installed OS by entering the WiFi credentials, AppleID and password and ...

5. I've restarted the system after first boot.

6. I've just enabled the FileVault after logging in without running any application or plugging any device or even using the system for about 6 hours!


But every time the same error occoured.

My system hardware specifications are as follows:


MacBook 13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008

Model Identifier:          MacBook5,1


Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz 3 MB L2 Cache

Memory: 2x4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3

Graphics:  NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256 MB


Boot ROM Version:          MB51.007D.B03 / SMC Version (system):          1.32f8 / Sudden Motion Sensor State:          Enabled


HDD: 500.11 GB TOSHIBA MK5065GSX Revision: GJ003A 

Native Command Queuing:          Yes / Queue Depth:          32

Removable Media:          No / Detachable Drive:          No

BSD Name:          disk0

Rotational Rate:          5400 / Medium Type:          Rotational

Partition Map Type:          GPT (GUID Partition Table)

S.M.A.R.T. status:          Verified



  Capacity:          209.7 MB (209,715,200 bytes) / BSD Name:          disk0s1 / Content:          EFI


  Capacity:          499.25 GB (499,248,103,424 bytes) / BSD Name:          disk0s2 / Content:          Apple_CoreStorage

Recovery HD:

  Capacity:          650 MB (650,002,432 bytes) / BSD Name:          disk0s3 / Content:          Apple_Boot



Please Help!

MacBook (13-inch Aluminum Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (1)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.