Remove FileVault before installing Lion?

KKramer

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Feb 9, 2010
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Do I need to disable/remove FileVault before installing Lion? Or It will convert my home directory automatically?
 

Sirolway

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Jun 13, 2009
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You might want to apply whole-disk FileVault 2 after the install, so makes sense to remove FileVault 1 first anyway...

Better safe than sorry ...

Sounds like FileVault 2 can encrypt a live disk in the background, which will remove the pain of applying it ...

FileVault 1 required as much free disk as you were encrypting, so if FV2 is the same (I suspect it isn't) then that might be a gotcha to watch out for; if you are low on free disk space, you may not be able to turn FV1 off / FV2 on (if FV2 has the same free disk requirements)
 
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drewcosten

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Nov 30, 2007
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I decided it's better safe than sorry so I turned it off (after trying to find 7 GB of files to clear up space).

Now to try installing Lion. :)
 
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drewcosten

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Nov 30, 2007
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It looks like it wasn't actually necessary, as Lion will hold onto your old FileVault settings for encrypted home folders. You just can't encrypt other non-encrypted home folders, and it looks like you have to turn FileVault off for encrypted accounts if you want to use FileVault 2 to encrypt the whole disk.
 
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