An Unencrypted Look at FileVault
Subject:   Preference OOPS!
Date:   2004-03-13 04:11:01
From:   davyd
By way of background..I turned file vault on when i had OSX 10.3 on my powerbook 15", little did I know of its problems...(which I thought were restricted to iBooks). Anyway I didnt have any problem, but then recently I upgraded to 10.3.2 and I clicked the recover space function when it prompted me recently and after that I lost all my preferences for OSX!

Not too drastic really but just annoying.. it did get me to wonder if there were other problems with fileVault and only then did I discover this article!

My question for you guys what should I do? Should I turn off FV and then turn it back on? Would this give FV a fresh start using 10.3.2??

Any ideas what I should do?


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  • FJ de Kermadec photo Preference OOPS!
    2004-03-13 11:22:24  FJ de Kermadec | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Hi !

    Don't worry, FileVault is perfectly stable and reliable and you really shouldn't experience any more issues ! I heavily rely on it myself (for testing and support purposes) and never encountered problems. :-)

    Turning FileVault off and on again will force Mac OS X to create a new encrypted image, therefore solving any directory problems on it. However, for added security, I would recommend that you backup your data first and run a disk and permissions repair by using the Disk Utility between the two steps -- boot from the Mac OS X Install CD to repair the disk and from your hard drive to repair the permissions.

    Also, you may want to make sure that you have plenty of empty space left on your hard drive : at least slightly more than the size of your unencrypted home.

    Let me know if this helps !