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I forgot my password to my Macbook Pro and I dont have the recovery key. I dont ever remember putting my computer on FileVault lock...to the point well forgot my password. I need help :'(
I have tried the new method I found with the corestorage list on terminal. But I always need to key in a passpharse. I receive " Error: -69749: Unable to unlock the Core Storage Voulume.
I really dont want to try to erase everything I have so many memories in there.
Please someone help!
Apple Store was no help at all.
Mar 22, 2019 at 6:14
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When you loose both, your passphrase and the recovery key, chances are very high that your data is lost completely as FileVault is a very secure way to protect your data.
This is Apple's support document describing possible steps in such a situation.
However, there are a few things you could try:
In case you have multiple users set up, try their passwords, as they may be enabled to decrypt the volume as well.
In case you have backups, they are not encrypted by default. You could recover your data from there.
Also, you could
recover the Recovery Key from the .
FileVaultMaster.keychain file from such a backup (see method 3)
By default the iCloud recovery option is selected. In case you didn't change that during setup, you can use Apple's
Reset Password assistant to get your recovery key from the iCloud.
Mar 22, 2019 at 7:51
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The purpose of a password and encryption is to prevent people without the password from decrypting the content.
Your question is basically "how do I bypass the password and encryption on my computer?" It wouldn't be very good protection if that was easy.
Your options are:
Use the password
Use the recovery key the computer supplied
Recover from the unencrypted backup you have at home
Pay someone to try to crack the password. If you chose a "bad" password, like "Kathy" they just might succeed.
You don’t have #1/#2 and you didn’t mention #3, so you will need a lot of luck with #4 - but chances are pretty good those memories are encrypted forever.
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Mar 22, 2019 at 7:55
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