File Vault Encryption taking forever

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  1. FFTT macrumors 68030

    FFTT

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    I activated File Vault to encrypt my HOME folder last night at about 2:00 A.M.

    I'm posting here on my trusty 'ol G3

    This morning it was still running for several hours finishing the deletion
    of the previous home folder.

    Now it's been showing time remaining "About 5 seconds" for the last hour and a half and it's just past 4 P.M.

    I have about 45 GB used on the 250 GB HD.

    I'm waiting for this to finish so I can get rolling on the reformat of my 160.

    Ugh! :(
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Any particular reason you are actually using File Vault?

    Might make a good poll question...
    Do you use it? And why?

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. FFTT thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I want to keep my kids from messing up my system even more than I do on my own. ;)
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I just haven't found a good reason to use it, but that's just me. :eek:

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  5. FFTT thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Well those 5 seconds remaining have lasted more than 3 hours now.
    I hit escape just to see what was going on a I can quit the operation, but
    the encryption will not be successful according to the info window.

    I realize that 45 GB is a lot of information to work through, but never thought it would take this long.
     
  6. DeSnousa macrumors 68000

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    What's wrong with setting up a non-adminstrative account and using parental controls?
     
  7. FFTT thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I'd rather just keep my G5's system to one account.

    We have the G3 and the VAIO for most of their usage.

    I'm working on getting them a mini to replace the VAIO
    ASAP.

    I'm really just wondering why the File Vault applicaton is hanging up right before it's supposed to be finished.
     
  8. alex_ant macrumors 68020

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    The short answer is because Filevault is buggy and it sucks. If you need to encrypt data, the best way to do it is to make encrypted disk images using Disk Utility and mount them as needed.
     
  9. FFTT thread starter macrumors 68030

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    It worked O.K. before, but now it's having a problem somewhere.



    5 hours of 5 seconds to go and I've given up.

    Now it's taking forever still to cancel.

    :mad:
     
  10. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Bingo...

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  11. Bear macrumors G3

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    Using filevault without otherwise protecting the system will allow the kids to mess it up anyway, since they'll be logged into your account.

    If you don't want them to mess it up, they should use a seperate account without administrator privs.
     
  12. mklos macrumors 68000

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    I agree with everyone else. Multiple accounts is something that Apple has done an awesome job of. You can limit anything, from apps, printer administration, who they chat to on iChat, where they go on the internet, etc... It blows multiple users in Windoze away!
     
  13. Eniregnat macrumors 68000

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    The file vault is encryption, not compression. There is a lot of math involved. It's going to take time and space. As everybody notes above, multiple accounts are really executed well. If you have pre-teens or teen that are likely to get around this, then the file vault is your only option. I was one of those kids who took apart the TV and knew my parents pin's (even when they had forgotten them). I understand the fear.

    I wouldn't shy away from the file vault. For those traveling or working on sensitive materials, it is a great first line of dense. If you work with relatively small files, it's usual not a problem.
     
  14. FFTT thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I understand what you mean about additional user accounts, but my new G5 is not meant to be a family computer.

    Even though my kids have been around computers since they were little,
    I don't want them using this one unless I'm home and they have a special
    project that the other 2 computers can't handle.

    File vault was working fine on my original hard drive, but setting it up for the new one has taken way too long.

    I cancelled the operation 5 hours ago and it's still running.

    Now I'm afraid to just kill it by rebooting.
     

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