Mac OS X 10.6: Turning off FileVault

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Turning off FileVault

You can turn off FileVault for your account. When FileVault is turned off, the information in the home folder is no longer encrypted.

Before you begin, make sure you have enough free space on the hard disk that contains your home folder. You need as least as much free space as your home folder uses. For example, if your home folder uses 20 MB, make sure you have at least 20 MB of available space. This space is needed temporarily during the decryption process.

While FileVault is being turned off, you are logged out of your account and won’t be able to use your computer to do other tasks. The process could take a while, depending on how much information you have in your home folder.

To turn off FileVault

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Security, and then click FileVault.

  2. Click “Turn off FileVault.”

  3. Enter your password and click Continue.

  4. Click “Turn off FileVault.”

Published Date: Aug 6, 2013