Archive for November 5th, 2015

by Tom Nelson

Question: I recently started using FileVault to encrypt my user account on my Mac. I’ve noticed that since turning on FileVault, Time Machine no longer seems to be running any of its backups.

Can Time Machine be used to back up FileVault-protected user accounts?


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Answer: The quick answer is yes, but the more detailed answer is it depends on which version of FileVault you’re using.

No matter which version of FileVault you’re using, you can use Time Machine to back up your data, it’s just that the Time Machine backup process for FileVault 1 is a bit complicated, and has some security issues.

If you have the option, I recommend upgrading to FileVault 2, which requires OS X Lion or later.

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