Time Machine - File Vault weirdness

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by jasimon9, May 3, 2009.

  1. jasimon9 macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2009
    I have two accounts set up: my "regular" user account, and a separate account that I have set up with FileVault to test this feature. The FileVault account is set up in TimeMachine to not be backed up.

    However, when I log into the FileVault-protected account, then log out, TimeMachine starts to back it up, which I then cancel.

    I am wondering if I have the "omit" set up wrongly. I set it up by selecting the name of the user under Macintosh HD/Users.
  2. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    I'm not sure, but I *think* that logging out of a Filevault account while Time Machine is turned on with override your settings and will automatically back up your home.
  3. jasimon9 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2009
    I seems as though this is the case.

    In other words, if you turn on FileVault, you are forced to also back up the account. IMHO, this is a design bug.

    Unfortunately, for some reason it seems to take incredibly long to back up the account, wastes a ton of space, and worst of all, makes my machine inaccessible during the process.

    I find this "incredibly user-unfriendly" and as a newbie to the Mac and quite surprised by this. It is an intolerable situation, that I have to find a remedy for.
  4. cjacks68 macrumors regular


    May 27, 2009
    I had a problem with this when I had to do a re-install from a time machine back up. I usually turn off my external hard drive prior to shutting down and had not backed up the home folder thingy for a while and I lost some settings and things I changed because of this. I guess I learned for next time though!

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