I can't turn off FileVault

Discussion in 'macOS' started by MattG, Nov 20, 2006.

  1. MattG macrumors 68040

    MattG

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    #1
    Okay, so I'm trying to turn it off. It keeps telling me that I don't have enough free space on the drive, that I need 4088GB (that's not a typo) of additional free space. Thinking it must have mean 4088MB, I freed up some space (about 10GB). It still won't let me turn it off. Anyone have any suggestions?
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

    WildCowboy

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    #2
    How big is your drive and how much have you used?

    In order to turn off FileVault, at least half of your drive must be free to allow for a place for it to copy the encrypted stuff to. If you can't get it down to under half your drive, you'll need some sort of external solution.
     
  3. ricksbrain macrumors regular

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    #3
    Burn some stuff to cd or dvd and delete it from the drive. Turn off filevault, then drag it all back to wherever you'd like.
     
  4. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    #4
    Move some stuff out of your home folder (like your iTunes Library and or iPhoto Library). You need to make your home folder smaller than the free space on your drive to be allowed to turn off File Vault.

    Also, be sure you have backup of all the files you cannot afford losing. Disabling FV has gone wrong in the past...
     
  5. MattG thread starter macrumors 68040

    MattG

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    #5
    K thanks everyone -- will try moving some more stuff off.
     

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