OK, After reading all the crap people have said about File Vault I did one of the stupidest things anyone could do, I TURNED THE FREAKING THING ON! Now I have had nothing but problems. Folders don't remember their location and size, The laptop won't wake up from sleep and when it does I have to put my password in 2-4 times beofre the finder will appear, etc. This morning I opened my laptop when I got to work and all my icons were strewn all over the screen. They were all the wrong size, My dock was back to factory position and size and all the icons went back to their factory station and the ones I put there are now gone. (Yes, I repaired my permissions!) So I am sitting in my cube and I decide "to HELL with this security crap", I need a computer to run properly first and formost. I go to system prefs > Security > File Vault and try to turn it off. So far so good. It quickly goes from needing 600 minutes to complete the job to 90 minutes, so far so good. Now about 1/3 of the way through it I get an error message saying it can't complete the job. WTF!!! I have reproduced the steps 3 ***** times to no avail. I have done all the cron scripts, permissions, yada, yada, yada and it still won't let me turn file vault off. I have come to the conclusion (if I am wrong please help and let me know) That I have to back up my drive and do a clean sweep, erase the drive and reinstall everything via my backup. Now, when I make the backup will it be encryted? Is there anyway to get out of this state I am in? Unfortunately I did not do a complete backup right before I started File Vault so it will be pretty bad if I have to use the last backup I made to solve this problem. Please help before I turn this book into my new boat anchor!!!