Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2013 10:10 AM (in response to Susan Swartz1)
Allow me to explain something. FileVault is a powerful tool, but it's only suitable for advanced users. It deprives you of the ability to boot in safe mode, which is an important means of troubleshooting software conflicts. Therefore, if you're going to use FileVault, you have to keep your system free of potentially troublesome system modifications, especially the useless ones. You have many such modifications.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2013 10:37 AM (in response to Linc Davis)
A-okay. Just did a quick glance at what you wrote. For starts, I had no idea FileVault was enabled & don't know how or when I did that. (I've never had any desire for it, let alone a need or use for it.)
I so appreciate the customized advice & will try to do what you said by following your directions carefully & thoroughly.
Thanks again, so very much.
PS Awhile back, I read a lot about the differences between Time Machine and Carbon Copy Cloner (and also read Pondini's brilliant stuff on Time Machine) but right now I don't remember the exact distinctions. Is there any way to explain the difference in short, simple terms, and why you suggest backups with both? (Of course I know backups are essential for everything one doesn't want to lose. However, it feels like I've spent the last few months with computers just 'troubleshooting,' as opposed to doing anything substantive.) Do you have preferred backup drives? I now have a Rikiki LaCie. [Not really related but I'm still miffed that according to my local Apple place (true or not), it was my Seagate backup drive that got me into trouble in the first place.]
Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2013 10:52 AM (in response to Susan Swartz1)
Both Time Machine and Carbon Copy Cloner make periodic backups, but the former is closely integrated with the operating system and can do it more efficiently, so that hourly backups are feasible. With other backup tools, it's usually not practical to back up more than once a day.
Seagate external drives are well known for causing problems with Time Machine. Apart from avoiding those, I don't have a recommendation.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2013 4:39 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
Now I'm even more confused. I went into FileVault in System Preferences, & it showed as turned off. Is there some other place it exists, with another way to deactivate it?
I really appreciate your ongoing patience & assistance. Please hang in there with me…
Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2013 5:10 PM (in response to Susan Swartz1)
I think this thread may have run its course and it's time to start a new one. I took your work for it that you were using FileVault. If it's not active in the preference pane, you're not using it. Good luck.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2013 12:00 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
Sorry to bother, but just wanted to update. Looked at the terminal output & trashed some that were easily trashable. Computer's now working, but will do a lot of what you said & might yet start over. Among the biggest lessons was to avoid willy-nilly downloading stupid apps. Couldn't have gotten where I did w/o your help, so thanks again.