Time Machine Backup Doesn't Work With High Sierra

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by sfpami, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. sfpami macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2015
    since upgrading to High Sierra on my MacBook Pro laptop, time machine won't back up to my external drive. It says I must turn off Firevault, which I did yesterday. Now my Mac is tied up decrypting, which has been going on for 24 hours, and still has 14 hours to go. Is this normal? Is this necessary now everytime I want to back up? Please help!

    Also, I need to use my computer for work tomorrow. How can I pause this process, or can I work over it?
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    My advice (and my opinion only):

    Don't use TM -- use either CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper instead.
    Bootable cloned backups = fewer problems.

    IF the external drive is encrypted, leave the encryption off.
    The more difficult you make it to "get to" backed up data, the greater the chance you WON'T be able to get to it in "that moment of extreme need".

    If the data on it is that sensitive, lock the drive up in a safe...
  3. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Time Machine has its purpose. IMO, you should use both.
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You can keep right on using it while it decrypts.

    I am using TM to backup my 2016 MBP with FV on with no issues. Can you tell us a little more about your setup?

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