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Filevault & TM

196 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 2, 2012 4:05 PM by Linc Davis RSS
jakeb0925 Calculating status...
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Dec 2, 2012 3:13 AM

My main account's home folder (Filevault protected) has recently become corrupted when I try to log in. When I login to a second admin account and link up with TM, I can't find my sparsebundle file. I can see the folder but there is a red tick and when I try to click it won't allow me to try to enter a password, just says "you do not have access to this file". Any ideas? Thanks all

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 3:19 AM (in response to jakeb0925)

    Uhm, that makes good sense as one user is not permitted to access the files of another user... otherwise this whole user/permission thing wouldn't make sense...

  • LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 3:24 AM (in response to jakeb0925)

    You'd have the chance to migrate the user account and data with the Migration Assistant (e.g. once you restore after re-installation), or you could access it with Time Machine from the user account.

  • LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 3:52 AM (in response to jakeb0925)

    Can you boot from the backup drive?


    Do you have another computer with which you could connect to the Mac and either use Target Disk Mode or network functionality to access the files in the account?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,390 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 4:05 PM (in response to jakeb0925)

    Unless you have a compelling reason, you shouldn't be using legacy FileVault under ML, especially not if you rely on Time Machine for backups. Use the working admin account to deactivate FV for the other account. Delete the sparsebundle of the non-working account (the original, not the backups.)


    You should then be able to log in to the affected account. Activate FileVault 2 if you so choose. Restore the sparsebundle to a new location, such as the Desktop. Mount it and copy the files. If it won't mount, restore an older snapshot. The sparsebundle was only backed up when you logged out. You may have lost some data.


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