Encrypted Mac won't boot

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  1. MacRaccoon macrumors member

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    It's encrypted with the built in encryption. It powers on, i enter the first password then a loading bar shows and then it shuts down.

    It was left on stand by for over a month, when i powered it on it has shut downed itself and the battery was at 0%, however it booted just fine, when i did a restart it started doing the problem described above...
     
  2. justperry macrumors 604

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    Reset SMC.

    Resetting the System Management Controller - Support - Apple
     
  3. MacRaccoon thread starter macrumors member

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    i did those steps but it didn't help, it does the same

    Shut down the computer.
    Unplug the computer's power cord.
    Wait fifteen seconds.
    Attach the computer's power cord.
    Wait five seconds, then press the power button to turn on the computer.
     
  4. justperry macrumors 604

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    I think you forgot something:

     
  5. MacRaccoon thread starter macrumors member

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    ah you are right, i was doing the combination for the desktop version

    i did the one for my macbook pro 2011 now
    Shut down the computer.
    Plug in the MagSafe power adapter to a power source, connecting it to the Mac if its not already connected.
    On the built-in keyboard, press the (left side) Shift-Control-Option keys and the power button at the same time.
    Release all the keys and the power button at the same time.
    Press the power button to turn on the computer.
    Note: The LED on the MagSafe power adapter may change states or temporarily turn off when you reset the SMC.


    but unfortunately it still does the same :(
     
  6. justperry macrumors 604

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    Hopefully the Recovery HD works, might not because it is encrypted, hold the Command-R combination at start up until you see the Apple Icon, release and wait for the utilities window to arrive, then open Disk Utility from the Menu Bar, select the HD and try to repair the disk, repairing permissions should also be done.
     
  7. Binomio macrumors member

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    Sounds like your hard drive is not mounting or the OS X is corrupt. As the poster above said, boot into recovery mode and try disk utility.
     
  8. MacRaccoon thread starter macrumors member

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    for the first 2 volumes, "macintosh HD" and "storage" it says that appear to be ok (in green)
    and for the last one, "BOOTCAMP"

    "
    Verify and repair volume "BOOTCAMP"
    repairing volume failed: invalid request. (in red)
    "

    when i restart after that, it still does the same :(
     
  9. justperry macrumors 604

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    Because by default the OS-Disk Utility can't repair a NTFS partition.

    I find it odd though your disk is encrypted, I tried to do this on my Mini with 3 main partitions and it didn't allow me, but i have Linux on one so that might be the reason.
     
  10. MacRaccoon thread starter macrumors member

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    just the system partition is encrypted

    well is there anything else other than OS reinstall I can try?
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    Slightly off topic, but you said the system partition is encrypted. So you encrypted the OS but not the storage partition, isn't that backwards? I don't care of someone steals my laptop and gets to the system partition. Its the data that I want to protect.

    I did't see it, but does booting into the recovery partition work? If so, then your system volume may be corrupted.
     
  12. MacRaccoon thread starter macrumors member

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    the storage was about to be encrypted as well

    how does one boot into recovery partition? I'm new to mac and not even sure if i have it :)

    so if thats out of the options do I just go ahead and reinstall it clean?
     
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    :confused::confused::confused:
    I already told you before as you can see below, thought you already tried.

     
  15. MacRaccoon thread starter macrumors member

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    ah, under recovery partition i thought you are referring to partition where i restore the OS. I'm coming from Windows and that was my first though.

    Yeah, about disk utility, i booted into it, and tried all the repair and verifying that can be done, it says in green that all is good, except the bootcamp partition. Which I just deleted btw, but still the problem is the same.


    So with that done, do i have other option to explore except clean reinstall?
     
  16. maflynn Moderator

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    The disk may be physically ok, but if the encryption process burped in the middle, you have a corrupted system.

    My recommendation is to why the system partition and reinstall.
     
  17. justperry macrumors 604

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    Do you have a backup, probably not, always keep a recent backup so in the event of problems like these you still have your data.
    If you have one it's just an annoyance of reinstalling instead of losing everything and reinstalling.
     
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    Best advice, but I think the OP should be safe in one sense. He split up his drive into system and data. So once he gets the OS installed, he should be able to access (hopefully) the data partition. I'd say at that point if he doesn't have one, run a backup.
     
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    Oops forgot, hope for him all his data is indeed on the Data partition, then it is only a fresh install.
     
  20. MacRaccoon thread starter macrumors member

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    btw the "Verify Disk Permissions" and "Repair disk permissions" buttons are grayed out for both the encrypted and non-encrypted partitions. No idea why. :(
    Would have thought it's because of the encryption if it wasnt the case for the non encrypted yet, storage partiton.

    Backup is not an issue as this system was sill in process of setting it up, so no data there, just quite few hours in complicated setup of dual boot, encryption, repartition and so on.
    Obviosly it doesn't work well, so will have to rethink it.

    Well guys, you've been of great help! I really appreciate it.
    I guess if there aren't any other ideas i'll have to go throught the boring process fo reinstalling and re-configuring everything from scratch.....

    too bad because i was just almost done :)
     
  21. justperry macrumors 604

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    If you do encryption do it on the whole disk with FileVault2, it is build into the system and as long as you don't have a Linux partition it should work.
    Also, when finished make a bootable backup, it saves you from all this trouble, much easier to recover from.
     
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    Can you explain exactly what you did? Did you turn on Filevault2 encryption in the Security pane of System Prefs., or did you do something else? It almost sounds like you used Disk Util to reformat a partition to Journaled Encrypted?

    Let's try one more thing. Type "diskutil list" (without the quotes) in Terminal and tell us what output you get from the command.
     

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