My Macbook Air running Lion died a fiery death. But I'd backed up to a server using Time Machine. I'd made sure to log out regularly so it could back up my encrypted account. I'd done, I thought, all the right things to ensure that I could recover in the event of such a loss.
I was so sure this would be as simple as getting a new Mac and telling it to recover (and presumably being asked for my account password to decrypt the HD).
Bought a new Mac, got access to the Time Machine archive of my old machine in Migration Assistant, but only the guest accounts are checked for transfer -- my old account says "Accounts in FileVault can't be transferred" and it won't let me check it.
I read online that I should copy the sparsebundle file down to my computer and try to mount it -- no dice; I made a partition and expanded the archive, but my account was completely missing. Never did I have the opportunity to enter my old password and get access to my files.
I've now read online that in this situation, one should take the hard drive out of the old machine, find an identical model, and temporarily install the hard drive into that to recover the data. Fantastic -- but the Air's hard drive is SOLDERED TO THE LOGIC BOARD. That's even assuming that it's still viable after what happened to it -- but imagine that I'd lost the machine!
Anyway, the "genius" at the Genius Bar today told me that I needed to find another sparsebundle on my Time Machine server -- one specifically for my account -- and recover from that. No such file exists on my server -- and because Migration Assistant showed my account, but refused to transfer it, I'm pretty sure he was just wrong about this.
Pretty annoyed at Apple right now -- if anyone has a clue for me, I'd greatly appreciate it.