Do you guys encrypt you external hard drives?

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  1. marc55 macrumors 6502a

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    I just FileVaulted my MBP, and it runs great.

    I also am encrypting my Time Machine Backup's on an external hard drive, and notice that TM backup's are now taking considerably longer; is that normal?

    It spends a long time on Preparing Backup"

    Thank you
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  2. maflynn Moderator

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    I think many people have encrypted their TM backups, though I haven't (I probably should). I would think it would take longer as it needs to encrypt your data as its getting backed up. The backup procedure is no longer just a straight copy from the computer to the external drive as it needs to encrypt each file (AFAIK)
     
  3. MadDane macrumors 6502a

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    I am not sure how Time Machine works. But as I see it other people should not have access to my files. Whether it is my external hard drive or my computer doesn't matter to me. So yes, I have encrypted my external hard drive :)
     
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    I encrypt my external HDD's and the TM backups. The backups take no longer to run than when they were unencrypted before; at least, no difference that I can discern.
     
  5. marc55 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Backup's are normal now; it was the initial encryption that took so long.

    Thanks again guys, and Happy New Year
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