Can I decrypt drive?

kdochert

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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?
 

benwiggy

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can I remove the encyption without wiping the drive? can I select this without losing anything?
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?
 

maflynn

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You should be able to remove the encryption without needing to wiping the drive or losing anything.
 

kdochert

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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!
 

djoliverm

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

Will try decrypting, wish me luck!
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.
 

kdochert

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Yes decrypting worked

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

Yes decrypting worked.