Can I decrypt drive?

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

  1. kdochert macrumors member

    Apr 6, 2013
    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

    Jun 15, 2012
    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


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You should be able to remove the encryption without needing to wiping the drive or losing anything.
  4. kdochert thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 6, 2013

    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

    Oct 21, 2013
    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

    Apr 6, 2013
    Yes decrypting worked

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

    Yes decrypting worked.

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