How to Find the Recovery key for Mac Filevault 2 encryption

Posted on 2013-10-08
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Last Modified: 2016-06-07
I have a MacBook Pro running OS 10.8.5. I encrypted it with Filevault 2, but lost the recovery key. I can logon the laptop now. How do I find it? I don't have unencrypt then encrypt it again to get one, do I?

Thanks a lot
Question by:danyangz
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When you first set up FileVault you were given the opportunity to store your recovery key with Apple......did you take this opportunity?

From Apple's website:
Retrieving your recovery key from Apple

If you forget your login password for a OS X Lion FileVault-encrypted drive, and you had chosen to store your recovery key with Apple, you may contact AppleCare and request retrieval of your recovery key. Typing in the wrong login password three times will produce a note under the password field which states, "If you forgot your password, you can… …reset it using your recovery key."

Click the triangle-button next to that message to reveal the Recovery Key textfield (which replaces the password textfield) and AppleCare contact information, along with your computer's Serial Number and a Record Number. You will need to provide these two pieces of information in order for AppleCare to retrieve your recovery key.

Upon successful retrieval and entry of your recovery key, you will be prompted to change your login password. After changing your login password, it is also recommended that you change your FileVault recovery key and upload the new one to Apple.

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