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Yosemite’s FileVault 2 pre-boot recovery options

January 17, 2015 12 comments

One of the changes that Apple has introduced with Yosemite is a more straightforward way to recover from login problems at the FileVault 2 pre-boot login screen.

When a FileVault 2-encrypted Mac sits for more than a minute with an account selected at the FileVault 2 pre-boot login screen, a message like the one below should appear:

If you’re having a problem entering your password, press and hold the power button on your Mac to shut it down. Then press it again to start it up in the Recovery OS.

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 1.40.50 PM

If the instructions are followed, the Mac will boot from the Mac’s recovery partition on the next startup and go into a Reset Password wizard.

In the Reset Password wizard, there are currently three options available.

  1. I forgot my password
  2. My password doesn’t work when logging in
  3. My keyboard isn’t working when typing my password to login

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 8.20.23 AM

Each option will do different things, so let’s take a look at each. For more details, see below the jump.

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