I have prepared my external hard drive to be used for Time Machine backup by erasing and creating a new working recovery partition on it. I am ready to start the first backup, which I want to be encrypted. The message says this will erase the disk. Does this include erasing my recovery partition? If so, how can I both encrypt my backup drive and retain it as a recovery disk?
If you make your Recovery partition as Hidden partition, then the Time Machine wont touch it since it does not see it as available disk space.