How to erase an encrypted hard drive with a lost password?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ZuroPxi, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. ZuroPxi macrumors newbie

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    I have an external hard drive that I forgot the password to get into. I want to erase it so I can use it again however, I can't do that with encrypted hard drives. Unlocking doesn't work because I have a new computer. From what I remember, its a code that I type in Terminal.
     
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus

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    I have no experience with encrypted drives, but what happens if you connect it as an external drive and use Disk Utility to erase it?
     
  3. ZuroPxi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It asks for the password which I don't know. On disk utility, the "Erase" tab is not there as it normally would be.
     
  4. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus

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    Give this a try and see if it works.
     

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