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 Post subject: APFS Decryption Issue
PostPosted: July 9th, 2019, 12:35 
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OS had corruption after upgrade and would not boot.
Drive is a PCIe which has been imaged 100% so not a physical issue.
In the Mac environment the OS sees the drive and shows the password popup, but you cannot physically type a password into it (locked somehow).
UFS Pro (new version) asks for password, but says no new volumes were unlocked.
Searching for the key, UFS does not find it.
Seems strange how we get the password dialogue box but can get no further?

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 Post subject: Re: APFS Decryption Issue
PostPosted: July 9th, 2019, 12:48 
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I had posted with the same issue on the Facebook data recovery group a couple months ago. I could never figure out how to gain access to the data. It is almost like the APFS encryption didn't complete the final stages. Although it sucks to hear that you have a similar case, it is a bit of a relief that I'm not the only one to have seen it.

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 Post subject: Re: APFS Decryption Issue
PostPosted: July 9th, 2019, 12:55 
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Hello Guys,
Please try to scan APFS partition. It have to found data. Please let us know about results of scan.


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 Post subject: Re: APFS Decryption Issue
PostPosted: July 12th, 2019, 3:30 
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Yes I have seen this problem before.
What if you boot into disk utilities from the recovery partition or from a prepared usb device.
Then run osx installer, High Sierra or whatever. It should reinstall osx and keep the user files and settings.
At some point it will ask for the password and hopefully you will be able to type it in.
You probably will need to connect the mac to the www while you do this.
Or have you already tried this?


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 Post subject: Re: APFS Decryption Issue
PostPosted: July 12th, 2019, 4:28 
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Was it upgraded from HFS+ to APFS? Was the FV (in case of HFS+) encryption used before? Did it finish with success?

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 Post subject: Re: APFS Decryption Issue
PostPosted: July 12th, 2019, 10:25 
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Thanks for the advice guys. I have tried all of the above, and yes it was encrypted before the upgrade and did not finish the process. As this is not the first case reported, Yuriy from UFS Explorer logged in to take a look. It seems that during the upgrade the encryption key was probably pulled from the system rather than the user generated key including the password which is why the password field is locked.

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