Is it safe to disable FileVault?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by asherman13, Sep 21, 2006.

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    asherman13

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    #1
    I currently have FileVault enabled. I don't really need it, I just enabled it one day when I thought I might need it and I didn't know it would take up so much space.

    My main questions are:

    Can I safely disable FileVault without losing all of my stuff?

    and

    Will disabling FileVault give me lots of space on my HDD (when I look at Disk Usage on iStat or the Activity Monitor or what have you) ?
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    I'd back everything up first, obviously. As long a you have enough disk space to do it, it should work fine. Just make sure it won't get interrupted somehow...
     
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    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    As long as you have enough free space on the HD disabling FileVault should be quite safe. With "enough space" I mean at least as much free space as your home folder occupies, preferably a bit more. (A tip is to move stuff from your home folder out on "shared" areas, and restarting, before disabling FileVault.)

    I "got back" a couple og GB when I did this a while back.

    I still wouldn't do anything this big without backing up all the data I couldn't afford loosing.
     
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    disconap

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    I used Filevault for about a week. It messes with a lot of processor-intensive actions, like importing raw video or audio. Never had any file problems turning it on or off, just took a long time, so it should be fine. :)
     
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    kugino

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    i didn't know people actually used it...;)
     
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    mad jew

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    I don't trust it. I don't think it's quite ready for practical use. I've heard far too many people losing their data because of FileVault. :eek:
     
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    disconap

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    YOU would have.
     

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