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  An Unencrypted Look at FileVault
Subject:   system crashed and lost evrything..
Date:   2004-05-08 06:16:41
From:   dieri
Any tips on how I restore my ibook?
The system crashed and when I rebooted, everything was lost, all my photos, preferences, everything...
Who was it that said filevault was safe to turn on?
Any ideas?
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  • system crashed and lost evrything..
    2004-05-08 08:44:57  franšois josephde kermadec [View]

    Hi !

    While it is difficult to know what may have happened on your installation without more specific details, you may want to boot your computer from an external drive or use it into FireWire Target Disk Mode -- this is not a requirement but will make the following step easier.

    Then, locate a file called "[username].sparseimage" -- the one we are talking about in the article. While booted from the hard drive, it will be normally hidden but can nevertheless be located easily.

    Finally, try double-clicking on its icon to open it, like any other password-protected disk image.

    Let me know if this helps !

    F.J.
    • system crashed and lost evrything..
      2004-05-09 15:40:01  dieri [View]

      Hi Francois,

      Thanks for the tip, I don't have a firewire cable for TDM but i found the file with the finder and clicked it anyway..When I did I got the "no mountable" error..mentioned in a few other posts on this subject..

      We've also done this ..
      hdid -stdinpass /Users/username/username.sparseimage

      but nothing...

      All and any tips gratefully accepted...
      • system crashed and lost evrything..
        2004-05-11 19:28:07  buzzdwyer [View]

        hi,
        i have the proplem with filevault and i have tryed the same things you have said here,,,
        did you find a way to restore your home folder?
        any info would be great.
        buzz
        • system crashed and lost everything..
          2004-05-19 14:45:12  dieri [View]

          No.
          Looks like I'll have to do a copy in case some one works out how to fix the problem.
          Probably do a complete reinstall and never turn on filevault again.