I'm having a issue with a Time Machine backup made on an external USB drive. The TM backup is encrypted and I can't remember the password … Does anybody know a tool to brute force the password ? (I remember the password is about 10 characters and alphanumeric (except for a "!" somewhere).

I'm running Mavericks.

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    What would be the purpose of strong password if it can be cracked. Giving that kind information here would be wrong.
    – Ruskes
    Apr 11, 2014 at 22:13
  • Anybody willing to do some calculations here on how long it would take to brute force a 10 digit alphanumeric password, including the time it takes to try each combination against the drive?
    – nohillside
    Apr 14, 2014 at 14:28

2 Answers 2


Have a look at libfvde. It doesn't explicitly say it supports Mavericks, but might be worth a try.

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    Please include some details, a one-liner does not have much details and the URL might die.
    – Rob
    Apr 14, 2014 at 9:04
  • I tried to clone the source repo, but it's empty :-/ Edit: I didn't see the download link when I checked, I'll try this one tonight.
    – Marcio
    Apr 14, 2014 at 10:30

Trust Me, there is no tool to decrypt the encrypted hard disk. there is no way to recover this

  • i answered because i am sure this will doesn't work, i experienced this year ago and i lost my data, in order not to waste his time, efforts and money, That's my point thank you for clarification.
    – Wassimfr
    Apr 14, 2014 at 8:52

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