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    Reading data from a encrypted drive
    Hi everyone, I have a laptop that has an encrypted drive in it. I dont remember the passowrd, but before wiping the drive and re installing new OS, I wanted to check if there is any important info on the drive, maybe photos that I dont have anywhere else. I honestly did not remeber encrypting this drive at the start, guess I was going quickly during the setup and chose the wrong option. Anyway, is there a way to read data of that drive? If I take it out if the macbook and put it into a usb encloser it still wont give me access right?

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    Welcome to our forums.

    If you have forgotten the password to your encrypted drive, your data is gone. There is no way to retrieve the data without that password and not even Apple can help you. It doesn't matter if you remove the drive and place it in a USB enclosure as you will still need the password. The only suggestion we have for you is to try to remember the password.

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    I understand why one might want to put that drive into an enclosure but it won't work. If breaking the encryption were that easy what would be the point of encrypting the drive at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slydude View Post
    I understand why one might want to put that drive into an enclosure but it won't work. If breaking the encryption were that easy what would be the point of encrypting the drive at all?
    Ok, thanks I thought so myself, but just wanted a confirmation to be sure just read different things online, and wanted to make sure that there are no other options.
    Owell guess I wont know now ahahah

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    if i format it and use data recovery tools, I also wont find anything right?

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    Try your Apple ID password.
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    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suren1987 View Post
    if i format it and use data recovery tools, I also wont find anything right?
    I wasn't sure about this since I don't use FileVault but I did a but if digging. So far everything I have seen suggests that using data recovery tools won't work. See here for example. By the way we are talking about FileVault as the encryption method correct?

    Are you seeing methods that suggest the encryption can be bypassed? I know that the initial version of FileVault was not as strong as the current method.

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