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    Getting rid of filevault - need some help
    I'm trying to get rid of Filevault, but my computer doesn't have enough memory to disable it. I got myself an external hard drive and am now planning to move my home folder to the HD and disable Filevault. However, I just noticed that the sparsebundle for Filevault appears to be more than what the contents of my home folder is. Is this just because of the encryption, or am I missing something important?

    By the way, if it affects anything, I am using Leopard right now.

    Also, I just read that if I manually delete the sparsebundle, all the files that were encrypted will also be deleted. Does that mean that if I back-up my files in an external HD, I can just delete the sparsebundle (and my home folder with it), disable Filevault, and then put the files back from the HD?

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    Filevault can be a pain. Here's the Apple kb on disabling it.
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    Pretty dangerous tool FileVault. As set out Safe Mode is the way to go.


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