In my boundless naïveté, I thought I'd enable FileVault in order to protect all my notes from prying eyes And I reboot today to find a few files that are, well, present... but without icons, and they disappear when I click on them. Mind you, this was a clean reboot, after successfully passing the "OMG FileVault is using more disk space than necessary!" warning and compressing my home directory or wtfever it wants to do. So I click on a few files ("Hey, let's see about that one, since it was my shopping list...") and they disappear. I Spotlight for them and they are totally gone. This is awesome! Perhaps I can scan my bills onto the computer, reboot a few times, and they'll disappear forever! It's flawless! I decided that I'd better convert back to a normal home directory, since, you know, I have important **** on my computer. And naturally, it won't convert back to a normal, unencrypted home directory. "An error occurred during copying" or words to that effect. Not to mention that I can't just take notes while troubleshooting the procedure, since it has to log me out in order to do anything like this. Verifying the disk, repairing permissions do nothing. Running 10.4.8, all latest patches and upgrades. Any thoughts?