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Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:21:47 -0800
From: Jeff Keller <>
Subject: Need assistance with encrypted Time Machine sparsebundle

Hello all-  while switching to a new computer I discovered that my Time Machine backup (stored on my NAS) was encrypted. Unfortunately, by the time I'd realized this, I’d already zeroed-out the drives on my old computer, so I couldn’t go back and see what the password was. I now have a 550GB sparsebundle sitting on the NAS that I cannot open, because I have no idea what the password is (it’s nothing I normally use - I imagine the ‘hint’ i cannot see would’ve helped).

I purchased John Pro for the Mac and cannot figure out how to get the hash from the dmg file and then how to start trying to find the password. I consider myself very computer-saavy but this one’s a bit much for me.

If anyone has advice on how to get started, I would greatly appreciate it!


Jeff Keller
Senior Writer, Digital Photography Review

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