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01-25-2012, 11:57 AM
Yesterday, my organization forced me to use FileVault. I turned off my nightly backups until I sort this out. I understand from the SD! guide that I can backup the Filevault volume, but that won't be a boot volume, just my User files. According to the guide, I have to use another non-FileVault account to make a boot drive. I am checking but it is possible that my organization will not allow me to have an account without FileVault. What then would be the best way of handling backups? I was thinking to have two scheduled jobs, one for the disk and one for the FileVault volume, but I guess not? 10.6.8

01-25-2012, 12:06 PM
You have to use a non-FV account to back up. You don't have to put anything important in it, but the one that has the data in it must be logged out of.

01-25-2012, 12:21 PM
So I'll have to logout of the account that I use all day at work. Fast user switch to the non-FV account to bring it to the front and then let the scheduler run SD later in the night. So FileVault took away my automated backups. I have to remember to logout and login whenever I want SD to run. Which is every night. Do I have this right? Hope I don't.

01-25-2012, 12:30 PM
Yes, you have it right. This isn't true in Lion, where FileVault is handled differently. But since FileVault pre-10.7 is done by encrypting an image, you must close the image before you back up, which requires logging out.

01-26-2012, 05:45 PM
When I make a non-FileVaulted account for the sole purpose of using SD! to back up a FileVaulted user, does the account need to have admin privileges?

01-26-2012, 05:58 PM
No, it doesn't - but you have to authorize it with an admin account.