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Melonking's avatar

How should I fix my mac?

Asked by Melonking (1221points) July 9th, 2008

I turned on file vault a long time ago, but now I don’t need it. I have 1 GB of memory left and I think that all the other memory (about 60 GB) is being used up . I tried turning file vault off but it says I cant do that and I need more memory.

Do any of you know how I can fix it, I tried deleting some unneeded stuff but it hardly made a difference.

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iwamoto's avatar

well, we’re talking about storage here, you could just throw some stuff over to an external disk, that seems the fastest way really

PupnTaco's avatar

Note RAM = “memory” and hard drive space = “storage.”

File Vault won’t let itself be turned off? Do you get an error when trying to do so?

Also, 60GB isn’t much room these days. Consider upgrading the drive to something bigger or adding an external.

danclements's avatar

Basically whats going on here is that in order to turn off file vault, it has to have enough room to unencrypted the entire contents of your home directory before turning it off. That means that if your home directory is 20 GB, you need 20 GBs free for the operation to be complete. My best answer would be, go buy an external drive, copy over your music folder (because thats probably the largest file in there) to the external drive. Doing so will un-encrypt your music folder and make a copy in your external drive. After that is copied (AND VERIFIED!!), delete you music folder from your home directory and that should free up quite a bit of room. Keep doing this until you have enough room to turn off file vault.

PupnTaco's avatar

^ There you go. (I’m not a File Vault user.)

wildflower's avatar

The external HD approach sounds good, but before you go that far: when did you last recover drive space when restarting?

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