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I had to erase Mountain Lion and do a complete reinstall due to issues with the WLAN network drivers.

 

Before erasing the HDD I had to the decrypt it by deactivating FileVault as with FileVault activated I was unable to unlock the HDD in the Recovery Mode.

 

After decrypting the HDD I could erase and reinstall OSX without problems. After that I imported my TimeMachine backup via the Recovery Mode.

 

I can then log in and my system is working fine.

 

When I try to reactivate FileVault now it generates a new recovery key and does a restart to start encryption. After the restart I am unable to log in with my password as well as the recovery key. How can I enable FileVault again without locking my hdd?


MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: FileVault locking HDD
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,400 points)

    What exactly happens when you try to log in? Do you get a wrong-password indication?

    Can you unlock the volume in Disk Utility when booted in Recovery?

    Is a firmware password set?

  • 2. Re: FileVault locking HDD
    vibration Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    When I try to log in the text field shakes indicating a wrong password - the same thing happens when trying the recovery key.

     

    I can unlock the volume in Disk Utility more specifically it does not ask for a password there nor does it show any encryption which makes sense since the problem happens after activating FileVault when there is no encryption in place. Although the backup used to restore the system is from a system that had FileVault activated.

     

    A firmware password has not been set.

  • 3. Re: FileVault locking HDD
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,400 points)

    Do you have current backups?

  • 4. Re: FileVault locking HDD
    vibration Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The backup I used is just one day old. I did a complete backup via TimeMachine before reinstalling.

  • 5. Re: FileVault locking HDD
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,400 points)

    Boot into Recovery and select Utilities > Terminal from the menu bar. Enter the following command in the Terminal window:

     

    diskutil cs list

     

    You should get many lines of output below what you entered, including some that begin like this:

     

            Encryption Status:

            Conversion Status:

            Conversion Direction:

            Has Encrypted Extents:

            Fully Secure:

            Passphrase Required:

     

    What are the values shown for those items? For example, "Has Encrypted Extents" will be either "Yes" or "No."

  • 6. Re: FileVault locking HDD
    vibration Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry I was pretty busy and have not been able to test it yet. Will post as soon as I have time to try it out.

  • 7. Re: FileVault locking HDD
    vibration Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Output from diskutil cs list in recovery mode as well as normal mode is:

     

    No CoreStorage logical volume groups found

  • 8. Re: FileVault locking HDD
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,400 points)

    Then FileVault is not active. You have some kind of volume or system corruption that prevents it from activating. I suggest you erase the boot volume, reinstall OS X, and then restore your data from a backup.

  • 9. Re: FileVault locking HDD
    vibration Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I deleted the whole Macintosh HD and did a fresh reinstall. Afterwards I just copied the applications from my latest TimeMachine backup and did some configurations. Trying to enable FileVault resulted in the same problem described in my first post - neither password nor recovery key unlock the system.

     

    In Recovery Mode diskutil cs list now outputs:

     

    Encryption Status: Locked

    Encryption Type:  AES-XTS

    Conversin Status: Pending

    Conversion Direction: -none-

    Has Encrypted Extents: No

    Fully Secure: No

    Passphrase Required: Yes

     

    .....

     

     

    Size (Converted).   -none-

    Revertible:  Yes(no decryption required)

     

    I think I once came across a similiar bug after uninstalling an encrypted linux system. There seemed to be sone artifacts left on the hdd which I was only able to delete with a special tool.

    Is there a way to activate FileVault from the point I am now or at least a way to regain system access without doing a full recovery?

  • 10. Re: FileVault locking HDD
    vibration Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Furthermore I m unable to boot into Single User Mode voa CMD+S. It appears to be loading for a short time without displaying an explicit error but then it just reverts back to the standard OSX login screen.

     

    I am really disaapointed with the problems in hardware and software in apple products of late as I have including mine three cases in my family with a brand new iMac and MBPr with severe Hardware problems.

     

    They used to roll out new features when they were ready not when they where still as buggy as they are today.

  • 11. Re: FileVault locking HDD
    vibration Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I now tried to reset the password via the recovery terminal using resetpassword. Unfortunately the problem still persists and I am unable to login.

     

    I will try to deactivate the outstanding encryption next and reset the password again and hope I can log in afterwards.

     

    Though the goal still remains to reactivate FileVault....

  • 12. Re: FileVault locking HDD
    vibration Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was able to regain access to the system deleting /var/db/.AppleSetupDone and then executing diskutil revert disk.

     

    After that a I was able to create a new admin account.

  • 13. Re: FileVault locking HDD
    vibration Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    After activating FileVault again I was now able to login and the encryption is in progress.

     

    Apparently the diskutil revert disk did the trick - thanks for the help hope someone else finds the solution useful.

  • 14. Re: FileVault locking HDD
    khanahmed123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My MacBook Pro "

    Late 2011 hd locked and can't open if apply correct password it sticks. There is noooo any space , wanted to give more space from partition but licked to partition wont work.

    I can't see recovery disc also

    It seems that any virus locked my PC please help

    Even there is no option to erase on disc utility

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