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Encrypted drive is unreadable on my new iMac

The 4GB external hard drive that I encrypted using FileVault using Disk Utility functions flawlessly on my MacBook Air; however, when I insert it into my new iMac (Late 2015 model), I get an error message saying that the disk is not readable by the computer. It still works flawlessly to read the drive when I connect it to the original MacBook Air (mid-2011). The original MacBook Air is upgraded to 10.10.5 (Yosemite) and the new iMac is running 10.11.3 (El Capitan). What actions are necessary to enable the external hard drive to be read by the new iMac? Everything that I want to move to the new computer is located here, including backups and files.

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iBoysoft author Amanda Wong

Amanda Wong

Answered on Friday, June 14, 2024

Unexpectedly, your external hard drive encrypted via Disk Utility on MacBook Air is unreadable on the new iMac. You can try to turn off FileVault on the old MacBook Air and use the drive on the new iMac.

Generally, you should be able to access the FileVault-encrypted external hard drive on another Mac by entering the correct password. However, the error "The disk you inserted was not readable" prompts, which indicates the new iMac can not read the encrypted drive, and you can not access the drive data via iMac. 

Given that the drive is readable on the old MacBook Air, the drive shouldn't be defective. And the problem is also less likely to be with the new iMac. Then, you can troubleshoot the issue from the connection by checking the Thunderbolt cable, the USB adapter, etc.

In addition, you can also try to turn off FileVault on the external hard drive on the old MacBook Air, then you should be able to use the drive normally on your new iMac.


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