Not able to encrypt Time Machine Backups

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  1. ideal.dreams, Jul 17, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2014

    ideal.dreams macrumors 68020

    ideal.dreams

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    I have a 2TB Western Digital portable external HDD that I have partitioned twice - one partition for miscellaneous media and the other for Time Machine backups. I'm able to encrypt the partition with the media through Finder with no issues but I don't have the option to encrypt the partition the backups are on. When I go to the Time Machine preference pane, the option to encrypt the partition is grayed out.

    Any ideas? I have FileVault 2 enabled on my MBP and it seems redundant to have it enabled if all of the data is just being backed up to a drive that is readable by another computer with no encryption.
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Can you go to TM setting and remove the disk then reselect it then check the box?
     
  3. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    Alternatively, if there is nothing important on the Time Machine partition you should be able to re-format with encryption in Disk Utility.

    A.
     
  4. ideal.dreams thread starter macrumors 68020

    ideal.dreams

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    That worked. Thanks :)
     

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