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10.6.7: Set up encrypted Backup in Time Machine for FileVault
Authored by: langiter on Apr 06, '11 06:08:00AM

My thanks to sunkid and many others! Thanks to you I now have a very neat solution for my Time Machine backups.

I use FileVault, almost never log out, and wanted an encrypted backup, and now it all works nearly seamlessly. I needed to use sunkid's manual method posted here, with the addition of the "-encrypted" flag in the "hdiutil create" command, but did it all for a locally attached hard drive. I stored the password for the encrypted disk image in my login keychain (so it's still secure) and wrote an AppleScript that mounts the disk image and runs a time machine backup. I scheduled this script to run every hour.

Then I used m4x's hint to Let Time Machine backup FileVault while logged in.

(I hope to share my joy by posting my full procedure in a hint on this site under the heading "10.6.7: Set up encrypted Backup in Time Machine for FileVault.")



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