File Vault - URGENT ADVICE!

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  1. PS65 macrumors 6502

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    Hi Guys,

    I was messing around with my MBP, and enabled File Vault. Noticed how long it would take and cancelled it.

    It restarted the computer, but now I cant log in. It takes a while to accept the correct password...but then rejects it. I have the option to reset using the master password - but nothing.

    So I found this: http://support.apple.com/kb/TA23128?viewlocale=en_US

    If you read, it says I can reinstall Mac OS X to get back into my machine. Will this work (I do not have the DVD with me - going home tomorrow) ?

    I do not mind loosing data - nothing was on it anyway.

    If anyone could tell me, really appreciate it. I think I have to just stick the disc in, and then hold 'C' down whilst it restarts - correct?

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. wordmunger macrumors 603

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  3. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    hhmm looks like you might have to restart!!

    if you have another mac + a firewire cable boot into Target Disk Mode and see if you can copy any of your user files off just incase.

    i think reinstalling may fix the problem, but maybe because it has been partly 'FileVaulted' even the OS installer mightnt have access onto it (it is HIGHLY encrypted).

    goodluck!
     
  4. PS65 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I dont have another MB. Not too worries about loosing anything either. I am just thinking, if I do a full install (erase and install), surely it will remove the image? Or would apple really make a product that, if a password was forgotten, the computer would always remain in that state??

    I am away from home at the moment, go home tomorrow evening. This MBP is actually being returned because it has a really bad screen problem - so worst comes to worst - I will try installing Mac OS x again - if not, just return it locked? Apple will most likely reinstall everything themselves - or not?

    Any advice?

    Thanks guys, really appreciate all the help!
     
  5. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    You're right. FileVault doesn't destroy the hard drive, just encrypts the data. You can reformat the HD and be good to go. The point is that there's no way to get at your data; it's not going to destroy the computer.
     
  6. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    oohh ok your gonna erase & install. i was talking about an archive and install!! that will be fine then.

    you can reset the password by booting into the install disk and using a program that is in the menu, that always works. however i dont think that is the problem, it more lies with the fact that because you cancelled the FileVault it has completely stuffed up the system. changing the password mightnt work. its worth a try though.

    apple wont care if you've ****ed up the system lol they would probably throw your HD out anyway.
     
  7. PS65 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cheers guys! I'll just try and Erase and Install tomorrow evening.

    I wanted to clean some of the files I had anyway - since I have a replacement. Ideal oppurtunity. If it doesnt work - I will just send it back to Apple - Say "oh no, I forgot the password on that machine".

    But...Apple has been good to me, so I dont want to be an idiot to them - I have a go and hopefully give them back a fresh OS.


    Thanks again!! :)
     
  8. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    ohhh i wouldnt say that you forgot your password!! they would just try to fix it for you, realise what you have done, and probably reinstall everything.

    i would just say you want a replacement because the screen is bad.
     

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