I bought a G-Drive 8TB external USB-C hard drive to use as a Time Machine disk for my new 15" 2018 MacBook which is appointed with 32GB of RAM & 4TB SSD storage. Snappiest MacBook you can buy, or should be...
It's taking FOREVER to provision the 8TB G-Drive Time Machine disk- about a WEEK has elapsed since the process started and "Time Machine" in System Preferences still shows the status as "Encrypting" and is only HALFWAY completed while running continuously.
The G-Drive disk is USB-C and the connection to it from the MacBook is native USB-C (no adapter used). There's no settings in OSX to tweak to improve encryption performance: only Time Machine "Options" to choose are: "Backup while on battery power" and "Notify after old backups deleted". Neither is relevant.
Am I missing a trick here, or are others experiencing the same excruciating slowness trying to provision a large Time Machine disk? If so, have you found a fix?
Would also be interested in hearing from folks using similarly large disks from other storage vendors and their experience in respect to performance when provisioning a large encrypted Time Machine disk.