Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ShaunC, May 3, 2008.

  1. ShaunC macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2008
    when trying to turn on firevault (tiger) it gives me this message;

    Turning on FileVault requires an additional 4084.0 GB of free disk space to create an encrypted copy of the home folder

    are you kidding?!?!

    whats wrong with it?

    any help?
  2. MacAodh macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2006
    Dublin, Eire
    ... Just checked for me, less then a Gig... on leopard
  3. ShaunC thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Yeah i know
    that cant be right though

    i've only got a 120gb drive and theres still 16gb free
  4. ShaunC thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2008
    theres the screenshot of the message

    and belive me...there isnt 4000gb of stuff in my trash

    Attached Files:

  5. merl1n macrumors 65816


    Mar 30, 2008
    New Jersey, USA
    You may have some directory corruption.

    Boot into "Single User Mode" (press command-s keys at reboot and hold) and at the command prompt type:

    /sbin/fsck -fy (and hit the return key)

    If you see errors, keep running the command (retype it at the next command prompt) until the output comes up clean.

    After that, at the command prompt type:
    reboot (and hit the return key)

    Then try File Vault again.
  6. ShaunC thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2008
    is firevault even actually that important to have turned on ?
  7. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005

    No, not really.
  8. Morod macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2008
    On The Nickel, over there....
    Man, that IS the question!
    I thought Filevault was a pretty good selling point for Leopard, but the more I read on this forum about it, the more I'm glad I've never tried using it.
    When I asked about it, the answers received were mostly "Don't bother using it", "It's more trouble than its worth", that type of thing.
    Recommended to me was, if you have data that important, burn it to an encrypted DVD.
    I have read bad stories of Filevault users and it slowing down their OS.
    Again, this is just me. Hopefully you'll hear from happy Filevault users who nothing but good things to say about it.
    So far, I haven't used it. :)

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