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my mini mac crashed during encrypting my hd using file vault

Bear with me I'm a newbie guys. I decided to encrypt my minimac with file vault 2 and halfway through the encrypting my mini mac crashed and reset itself.

It will not start up now and just displays a grey screen with a folder and a question mark.

I have run the mac disk utility first aid but it cant fix it when i boot into recovery mode. I bought disk warrior 4.4 thinking it could help. It just sees a locked drive so it can't fix it.

How do I unlock or turn off the encryption in order for me to run disk warrior and fix my drive?

Is their such a thing as typing a command into the terminal in recovery mode that will turn off the encryption?

Are there any other options to recover my files and programs that will restore my mac it to its previous state?I can see all the files and programs are still their on the drive in recovery mode.

I'm running Mavericks OS . Hoping anyone can help please?

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Re: file vault

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After reading, I'm afraid that your disk - after half an encryption - is in a rather inconsistent state. My guess is that - if anybody can help - it's Apple. But I wouldn't be amazed if they tell that formatting the drive and reinstalling the OS is the only option to use this this machine again.

Let's hope you have a good backup of the things you prefer not to loose.


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For this one, head to Apple.

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I'll spare you a little of my other thoughts but new or not, where's the backup of what you can't lose? That is, all computer owners should prepare for the usual drive failures.

Since it's Apple's product, ask them what next.

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"After you've completed the process of turning on FileVault,

In reply to: For this one, head to Apple.

"After you've completed the process of turning on FileVault, you're prompted to restart your Mac. After restarting, a login screen appears. Select your account name and enter your password to continue.This unlocks the disk. Next, an Apple logo with a spinning gear underneath it appears, and the computer continues starting up.

The user account that unlocked the drive is automatically logged in after start up completes. The first time you log in after turning on FileVault, the initial encryption of your entire hard disk begins. It should complete within a few hours. This happens in the background, and doesn't interrupt normal usage of your computer. In addition to using your computer while encryption is happening, you can sleep, log out and even turn off your computer during this time. Encryption continues when your computer is powered on again."

From Kees's link.

What this tells me is that something bad happened. I wonder if there is more to this story such as an antivirus was installed or there were other hardware issues involved.

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my drive will not even start up i just get a grey screen

In reply to: "After you've completed the process of turning on FileVault,

I start my mac up everytime now and I get a grey screen with a folder with a question mark flashing.So how can I unlock my drive ie take the file encryption off?

Then i could use disk warrior to repair the drive.

bearing in mind i've tried apple disk repair utility first and that could not fix or repair the drive.

Any thoughts anyone?

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This one is for Apple to answer.

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It's not as if you had any other odd software installed like an AntiVirus that could have got in the way.

Apple did this one and I don't see any chatter on the web to answer your question. My answer is to restore from backup.

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If you have an OS X installation disk,

In reply to: my drive will not even start up i just get a grey screen

insert that and boot from it.

Use DU from the installation disk.

Otherwise, hold down the "R" key at startup to enter Recovery mode
hold down the Option key to choose an alternate boot disk


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