Time Machine

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  1. DarkSorrow82 macrumors regular

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    I have my backup turned on and checked the encryption option thinking I wouldn't get my protected files like on iOS. Well the initial backup finished and now I'm stuck on encrypting. It's been and the noted mark in the screenshot for past 24 hours. I started this backup at 5pm yesterday. What can I do? Does it need more time or am I stuck on a frozen status? It's a 4TB Seagate Backup Plus USB 3.0 external drive.
     

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  2. comics addict macrumors 6502a

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    It took around 16 hours to encrypt my 1 tb hard drive I can only imagine the time it's gonna take to encrypt a drive with four times that amount. Leave it plug in for one more day and see.
     
  3. DarkSorrow82 thread starter macrumors regular

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    wow 16 hours. At this rate I'll be done in 4 days lol.
     
  4. comics addict macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty much
     
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    I sure hope it doesn't run that encryption every time the backup runs. That would be incredibly stupid!
     
  6. comics addict macrumors 6502a

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    No it doesn't. It's for the initial encryption. After that it's fine.
     
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    I wonder if I can shut of the laptop without damaging the drive. I have to take my laptop with me on Tuesday somewhere!
     
  8. comics addict macrumors 6502a

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    Just make sure to unplug the hard drive before you do that. The drive will pause the encryption and resume when you connected it again to your MacBook and it's plug in & charging.
     
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    Ok thanks
     
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    Update:
    It's moving slowly but moving. Started encryption Friday. 3 days ago!
     

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    Well after 5 days of encrypting it's finally done!

    4TB = 5 days
     

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    Whew. :)

    Just in case you ever want to do this again, you can just reformat the drive to encrypted format in Disk Utility and that takes about 30 seconds or so. Of course this would erase the data on the drive and you would have to start your backup over again, but it would still be far faster that five days.
     
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    Thanks
     

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