By Kevin J. Ripa
PI, GSEC, GCFE, GCFA, EnCE, BAI, CDRP, CEH
Mar 10, 2016

This page is meant to outline briefly the various types of drive architectures you may see when dealing with Mac computers. Because these are mostly all detailed in the tutorials on this site, this page is more meant to be a summary and quick reference. I will be adding more detail as time allows.

In the meantime, below is a list of most of the situations you may find regarding Mac drive architecture.

Older Computers Without FileVault On

Newer Computers Without FileVault On

Computers With FileVault Enabled (CoreStorage)

Computers With Fusion Drive

Computers With Fusion Drive and FileVault Enabled

 



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