8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 4, 2013 11:35 AM by BDAqua
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Hi all,

I did an incredibly stupid thing today. I went an deleted (dragged to the trash, but did not empty it) the filevault sparse bundle image in my user directory and went and shutdown my Macbook. After a reboot, I could not log in.

Is there a way to recover from this situation?


(same problem as: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/1974761?threadID=1974761&tstart=60)


I looked at the suggested solution on: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1278

But I have a Macbook air without dvd drive or even a install DVD.


Does anyone havea solution for this part of the problem?

MacBook Air, iOS 6.1.4
Reply by BDAqua on Jun 27, 2013 3:38 PM Helpful

Hello, hopefully this will at least allow you to boot into a new admin account...


Reset OS X Password Without an OS X CD...




Admin Hack...




Starts up like the first time you buy a new Mac, but after filling in all that info again, you should have access to the computer and the other Users & files will still be there... give the new User a different name than an existing one.

Reply by BDAqua on Jun 27, 2013 11:38 PM Helpful

Whew, Filevault was a good idea gone terribly wrong from the start.


Acoup;e of things that may help move ir back...


Show Hidden Files 1.0...




Hidden Way is a toggle for hidden files view in Finder...




Show hidden files in OSX Finder


Open the Terminal and type or copy/paste:


defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool true


Reverting to the default of NOT showing hidden files:


defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool false


*Restart or Force Quit Finder required to take effect.*






Finder Force Quit, or restart required to take effect.


Might try BatchMod, it's much better/easier than the Finder for recursive Permission changes, but careful, it's powerful...




ONLY recommended to show ehere that ./Trash file is.


Solving Trash Problems...



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