I used to have File Vault activated for some user accounts on my previous Mac.
This is obviously no longer supported for new accounts set up with 10.9. But I copied one of those accounts and it appears to work.
Can new accounts be encrypted in the terminal or can I create a sparse image and force 10.9 to use it as a home directory? I figure this is probably a bad idea but I thought, I could at least ask this.
The most obvious option would be to copy all the user accounts with File Vault from backups to my new Mac.
Mac OS offers this when the system is freshly installed. I do not necessarily repeat the install. It is just fresh.
But I want those user accounts protected.
Can I simply copy the user accounts into the users folder? Would 10.9 automatically recognize them as legitimate users, show them in the login screen and switch user menu?
That would seem to be the most probable way to proceed.
Another option (although not my favorite) might be to use an external HD attached to the Mac mini via USB, install a separate OS X on this and only there use full disk encryption.
I would have to reboot regularly though, I would have another drive that needs separat backup drives.... not ideal, really.
I am grateful for any information, suggestions and probably other alternatives.