I purchased a nice external drive to use for TimeMachine on my Mac.1 After formatting the drive and configuring encrypted TimeMachine backups I noticed it was taking a very long time to complete. I waited a day for it to complete and discovered I had a new problem. Every backup took an hour to complete and several more hours to encrypt. That definitely didn't seem right.
I stumbled across this MacRumors thread about properly creating an encypted TimeMachine volume so I thought it was worth summarizing what worked for me.
First, format the disk as an encrypted volume before setting up TimeMachine.
Second, you can not use an APFS volume for TimeMachine.
Third, you probably want to select the sub-volume to erase, not the parent disk name. If you select the disk instead of the volume you'll get a pretty generic error message.
Once the volume is formatted, select it in TimeMachine and you should see that it's already set to be an encrypted TimeMachine drive.
Really, that seems like a good deal to me. 3TB in a very compact and very quiet external drive that only needs one cable. All for under $100. ↩
The Backblaze alternative to Amazon S3 is out of beta with new support for Synology Cloud Sync. I'll be sticking with my Amazon Cloud syncing because it works for me and is cheaper. But I have to say the Backblaze B2 option is pretty compelling. By my calculations it ...
I installed the DSM 6 release candidate several weeks ago. As usual, it's a great update for the Synology NAS. The most notable improvements over DSM 5 for me is the file indexing. Now it's available as a final release for owners of many Synology NAS boxes.1 ...
Synology's DSM 6 has reached "RC" status. Now's probably an OK time to consider it. Try at your own risk, but I'm envious if you do.
This latest beta sounds pretty great.
Content Search You can now use Mac Finder to quickly search the content of indexed files within mounted folders on your Synology NAS.
Even the little bits are huge improvements. Like this little note about synchronizing with Google Drive:
You can now convert Google ...
For $60 a year, Amazon Cloud is a great deal for unlimited storage and bandwidth. Are is great ...
The latest Synology DSM update out this week adds some critical security fixes but there's also a nice update to the Cloud Sync application.1 If you are using Amazon's new Cloud Drive service your Synology can now automatically sync (both directions) with the service.
The Amazon Cloud ...
BitTorrent Sync, Dropbox, Amazon Cloud, Google Drive — There's no shortage of ways I can store files on the Internet. I've been a dedicated Dropbox user for many years and continue to pay for their "Pro" consumer product. The announcement of a new Amazon unlimited storage option is compelling ...
Use at your own risk, but these are pretty nice third party packages for Synology NAS. Many of them do not work with the latest DSM 5.1 beta but some do and they are great. I'm a huge dummy with an expensive hobby. Same as it ever was.
The most common question I get about using a massive NAS at home, is how do I back it up. While a 9TB NAS can be a challenge, backing it up has the same considerations as any other disk drive. A backup has to satisfy a few requirements:
- It has ...
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