Encrypting Time Capsule without Time Machine

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  1. malone macrumors member

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    Hi! I've tried searching Google and the forums, but I can't seem to find a definitive answer to this:

    Is it possible to enable whole-disk encryption via FileVault for the Time Capsule shared drive (much like one might do for a USB- or Thunderbolt- drive thru Disk Utilities), without enabling Time Machine?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    Time Machine does not use full-disk encryption on a Time Capsule, it creates an encrypted sparsebundle and mounts that as the backup volume. Disk Utility will let you create encrypted sparsebundles, though I have never tried to make one on a Time Capsule.

    A.
     
  3. malone thread starter macrumors member

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    Yup, I'm aware of that limitation, which is why I'm asking if one can do FDE/WDE to the Time Capsule :)
     
  4. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    Sorry, your use of the phrase "without enabling Time Machine?" led me to believe that you thought you could do it if you enabled Time Machine.
     
  5. chabig macrumors 601

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    Since the Time Capsule drive is a shared resource, I don't think FileVault encryption makes any sense. If you just want your own files to be secure, try making an encrypted disk image on the Time Capsule drive.
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    No you cannot. OS X FDE uses Filevault to create an encrypted core storage volume on the drive and that cannot be gone on a Time Capsule.

    You option would be to create a encrypted sparse bundle like Alrescha mentioned.
     

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