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Recover free drive space when using FileVault
Authored by: wmertens on Mar 20, '07 09:17:06AM

So what's happening when you write all zeroes, is you're actually allocating space onto your filevault that was previously virtual.

You're way better off doing it in a terminal like the other replies say, it will be faster than what you propose and you get a progress bar (lots of '.'s to the end of line)

An important thing to consider though, is if you really want your movies, photos and audio encrypted. If not, move those folders out of your home directory (for instance to /Users/Shared) and make links to them (preferably symlinks).

Your filevault will then be in the 1-2GB range depending on your use, which is a lot better for performance and so on.

I once spoke to one of the apple developers about filevault and he said that Filevault wasn't designed to handle double-digit gigabyte images. It works, but not nicely.


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