I've dropped my MacBook (a late 2008, aluminium model), about three weeks ago. The glass panel over the display is cracked and the MacBook won't boot. Into Mac OS X, that is. It boots fine to Windows from the same internal hard drive. Strange, isn't it? I'm running Lion and have FileVault enabled. So I get the decription/login screen right after I try booting into Mac OS X. I can choose a user account, enter a password and my MacBook wil try to beet normally. But after some time, the Apple logo changes to a 'no go' sign (a circle with a diagonal line through it). I've brought it in for repair, but the repair costs, according to the AASP, would exceed the price I originally paid for my MacBook. So it's basically declared a total loss. I was told the hard drive was defective, but now I'm doubting that claim. If it was indeed defective, I wouldn't be able to boot into Windows perfectly fine, would I? Therefore I'm starting to think it has something to do with FileVault. Is that possible? Yesterday, I booted from an external drive and tried using Disk Utility to disable encryption on my internal Mac OS X partition. That didn't work, unfortunately. Is there a way to clone my Lion installation to an external drive without decrypting it first? In other words, is there a way to do it low level, bit-by-bit, with FileVault still enabled? I have a back-up clone from two weeks before I dropped my MacBook, by the way. The only stuff I'm missing is photos from those two weeks. I now wish I hadn't enabled FileVault. That way, I could have went into my Windows installation and copy the files in question to an external drive manually. Now I'm not sure I'll ever recover the photos from those two weeks. Help?