how do you erase an encrypted HD

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  1. ring, Sep 17, 2012
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    ring macrumors regular

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    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

    thanks


    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
     
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  3. juanm macrumors 65816

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

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    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

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    I had to use the Terminal to properly erase encrypted disks

    diskutil eraseDisk command
     
  6. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    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
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    ring thread starter macrumors regular

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    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

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    Maybe to make it harder for thieves to re-use a stolen Mac?
     
  9. ring thread starter macrumors regular

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    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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