Time Machine Backup with encryption

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ggrobbie, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. ggrobbie macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2013
    Hello, I have searched different newsgroups and even the searched the internet
    but I have not found an answer to this question.

    Can you encrypt Time Machine backups without using File Vault, As far as I know Time Machine encryption requires File Vault to be switched on. If this happens it will start encrypting my computer which I don't want I just want to make a backup in Time Machine without having to worry about going near file vault.
    Has anybody done this?
  2. bdj33ranch macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2005
    Yes. I do this with my rMBP. I have a small USB3 powered external that I periodically back up (encrypted) with Time Machine. For my purposes I have chosen not to conduct a backup except when I specifically choose to do so.

  3. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Maybe something like Time Machine Editor?
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Two completely separate things. You can turn on TM encryption without Filevault on with no problems.

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