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I have been running TimeMachine for a couple of months, but just now decided to encrypt my backups. Having ticked the box for encryption for my backup drive, TimeMachine nows says I have no previous backups. However, when I look in the backup drive I can see all the backup folders.

Are those backups encrypted, or is it just future ones?

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FileVault itself does not encrypt TimeMachine backups at all. But you can specify TimeMachine encryption separately under the TimeMachine options. All contents on the disk should be encrypted then.

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