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I've been trying to open an encrypted (FileVault 2) HFS+ external hard disk on Windows 7. Since all the software available seem not able to do it, I've tried by installing the bootcamp drivers on Windows. First manually (placing AppleHFS.sys and AppleMNT.sys into system32/drivers and adding the proper regedit keys) and then, since this didn't work, using the whole bootcamp installer. When I connect the drive, it's still unrecognized (even in the Drive Manager). What should I do? (or maybe: is it possible?)

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migrated from Feb 12 '12 at 13:07

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Apple's BootCamp drivers do not have the driver or other software support needed to mount a volume using FileVault 2's encryption (otherwise known as CoreStorage encryption.)

To the best of my knowledge, there's no way to unlock and mount a CoreStorage encrypted volume on any OS except by using a Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.x.

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Thank you. :) I'll just give up and share another disk. :P – entropid Feb 13 '12 at 23:01

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