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Space Reclaiming of File Vault May Cause File Loss in Mac OS X By  Allen Sood

Data Security is one of the major concerns for the computer administrator. To protect your data from unauthorized access, Encryption is used. It is a technique to transform your data in an unreadable form, until you have decryption key. In Mac OS X, you can encrypt your data using the FileVault that helps you to protect files. Encryption may also help you to prevent sabotage and accidental deletion like situations up to an extent. Thus it helps you to avoid the need of Mac File Recovery solutions.

FileVault uses AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) algorithm for encrypting your home directory. The encrypted file systems are mounted/unmounted when you log in or log out of your Mac OS X system. A separate volume is created for the home directory by FileVault utility, before encrypting the data.

The system asks you to reclaim the disk space, before it may sleep, shut down, or reboot. The process is an essential part of entire encryption method. However, over time, you may encounter some problems. After reclaiming the disk space, you may lose some of your system preference settings. The preference settings are some user specific configurations for your Mac systems and installed applications. All such customizations are stored in.plist file. Losing these files may cause critical problems.

To avoid losing the system preference settings as an consequence of the space reclaiming through the FileVault utility, you are required to install Mac OS X 10.3.1 Panther and later updates that are completely error-free. However, you can also turn the FileVault protection off from Account or Security preferences.

You need to make sure that system is not rebooted during the space reclaiming process of FileVault tool. Otherwise, you may come across a severe data loss problem. System crash and unexpected power outages during the process may lead to Mac File Recovery needs.

In such critical situations, you need to restore data from most recent and complete backup. In case if the backup is not available, Mac Recovery Software is the only way to go. The applications are backed with powerful scanning techniques to ensure absolute File Recovery Mac.

These tools enable you to perform recovery on your own, as they have simple and self-descriptive graphical user interface. With read-only and non-destructive conduct, they do not alter original files on the Mac OS X hard drive.

Stellar Phoenix Macintosh Data Recovery is the best ever made and the most powerful tool for assured recovery of lost Mac files. It is designed for Mac OS X 10.6, 10.5, 10.4, and 10.3.9. The software recovers lost files from HFS, HFS+, HFSX, HFS Wrapper, and FAT file system volumes.

Allen Sood student of Mass Communication doing research on Mac File Recovery And Mac Recovery Software. He is also a freelancer for http://www.macintosh-data-recovery.com/.

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