Around January 2014, my original hdd died on me, I bought a new hard drive and let the old one sit. Got myself an external enclosure recently, to recover my old work, only to realize my main folder had been encrypted with FileVault and i'd forgotten the password.

(It was encrypted on OS X 10.6, with legacy filevault)

I've seen John the Ripper mentioned a lot for cracking passwords, I've gotten as far as getting a build (1.7.9-jumbo-7 [macosx-x86-64]) installed. I have a word list ready and a vague idea of what my pass could be, I'm just not sure where to go from here.

I'm hoping I could get some guidance on what I would need to do next.

Edit: I'm running on os x 10.9, if this is relevant?

  • So you want us to help you to crack your Encryption password. Did it nor ask you for a password every time you booted up?
    – Ruskes
    Jan 23, 2015 at 22:00
  • Yes, I'm trying to open up myname.sparsebundle through the external drive, but whenever I attempt to open it, it wants me to enter my password, which I haven't used in a little over a year.
    – Liath
    Jan 23, 2015 at 22:33
  • Any progress? Exactly the same thing here
    – kgadek
    Mar 14, 2015 at 16:33

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See this official tutorial for cracking encrypted Apple DMG files.

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