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    Aug 01, 2011
    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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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    Filevault can be a pain. Here's the Apple kb on disabling it.
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
    In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.

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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB PCI-e storgae StOS X.13.3
    Pretty dangerous tool FileVault. As set out Safe Mode is the way to go.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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