Can I decrypt drive?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by kdochert, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. kdochert macrumors member

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    I have a mac mini with latest Mountain Lion installed, I have an external hard drive that I originally formatted as journaled encryped, can I remove the encyption without wiping the drive? If I right click on the drive there is an option to decrypt the drive so can I select this without loosing anything?
     
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    If you don't have a backup, you're risking losing your files every time you access the drive.
    I would never perform ANY major operation on a disk without a backup.
    Once you have a backup, you can press the button and find out with no fear.

    Did I mention you should have a backup?
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    You should be able to remove the encryption without needing to wiping the drive or losing anything.
     
  4. kdochert thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks

    Yes I always have a backup, could not face ripping all them DVD's again!

    Will try decrypting, wish me luck!
     
  5. djoliverm macrumors newbie

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    Sorry to bump this old post, but I'm in the same boat as you. I ran into trouble with Mavericks and Migration Assistant with an encrypted backup that I suspect might be causing an issue since it can't see the files (Finder can, but not Migration Assistant). Did the drive decrypt just fine? I'm making a backup of some of the stuff in the drive anyway as a precaution but was curious to see if it decrypted properly for you. Thanks.
     
  6. kdochert thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes decrypting worked

    Hey sorry for late reply, didn't see your post.

    Yes decrypting worked.
     

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