how do you erase an encrypted HD

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  1. ring, Sep 17, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2012

    ring macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2011
    without the password? Obviously it can be done, but ****ing disk utility has the option shaded. It seems like APPLE is putting this restriction on the user, rather than there being a legitimate technical limitation.

    please help


    it seems like apple is placing this **** limitation so only mac users can't erase a locked hard drive to "protect the user". I've about ****ing had it with apple
  2. ring thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2011
  3. juanm macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2006
    Fury 161
    Try Windows. Try some USB boot disk (they usually have an option during installing to format HDDs)
  4. cgk.emu macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2012
    Who did you steal the laptop from?

    Edit: do some effing research man. DBAN. Download it. Burn it to a disk. Come on. Lots of hand holding here.
  5. Demigod Mac macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2008
    I had to use the Terminal to properly erase encrypted disks

    diskutil eraseDisk command
  6. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    In their documentation about how full disk encryption works, Apple says the biggest problem was users who turn on encryption, enter a password, hard disk is encrypted, and then the user figures out that they have already forgotten the password :mad:
  7. ring, Sep 18, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2012

    ring thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2011
    I'm just wondering why apple block this from their diskutility GUI. it is shaded out and the option to erase an encrypted hard drive isn't there. You can't even mount the locked hard drive. So you have to use terminal to do it why?
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Maybe to make it harder for thieves to re-use a stolen Mac?
  9. ring thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2011
    its just an external HD

    the only thing it would do is prevent theives who use a mac from doing anything

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