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What you can do if you forget your password on a FileVault-protected Mac
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2017, 01:07:17 PM »
What you can do if you forget your password on a FileVault-protected Mac
8 March 2017, 12:34 pm



Several readers have asked recently about what to do with systems they’ve purchased, inherited, or were given to them that were protected by FileVault and the original owner can’t recall or provide the password.

FileVault protects in two parts: You know the first, which is that while a Mac is at rest (that is, powered down), its startup drive remains strongly encrypted, so even if the data is extracted, it’s unusable to another party.

But it also protects the startup process. Because the disk is encrypted, macOS can’t boot into your main system on the startup volume. Instead, it boots a special part of the Recovery Disk, a partition you normally use for emergencies. That boot process presents a login screen that looks similar to the main macOS login, but only contains accounts that have FileVault-access enabled.

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