MAC backup to Time Machine

Backed up a MAC to Time Machine with encryption enabled. Backup complete now its encrypting data which my understanding takes awhile, much longer than the backups. I turned off Time Machine hoping it speeds up the encryption process. Question, I hoped to do a rebuild on the MAC and reinstall the OS after the backup. Will I be able to recover my data (don't want to re-image from the backups just recover data) prior to the encryption process finishing? It's been on 6% for awhile.
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WORKS2011Managed IT Services, Cyber Security, BackupAsked:
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
"Will I be able to recover my data (don't want to re-image from the backups just recover data) prior to the encryption process finishing?"
Short answer is NO .. or at least not reliably. You MUST let that encryption process complete.
Tim LapinComputer Consultant (Desktop analyst)Commented:
Do you need encryption?  If not, I would also have an UN-encrypted backup in case something goes horribly wrong.  

I suppose it's a luxury for some to have two copies of one's data but if the encryption run fails, you won't have anything upon which to fall back should your rebuild force you to recover from backups.
WORKS2011Managed IT Services, Cyber Security, BackupAuthor Commented:
@Eoin, encryption finished but the option is still greyed out.
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WORKS2011Managed IT Services, Cyber Security, BackupAuthor Commented:
@Tim, yes 100% encryption is needed. A USB device that is easy for someone to walk away with plug in and have access to my data. Encryption is critical.  

I have alternative backups in place.
Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
What option is it you're trying to access?
The information on the last or current backup is ALWAYS grey in the Time Machine toolbar menu
If the encryption completed on the Mac laptop .. are you trying to run TimeMachine or recover a specific file/folder from the backup already generated.
WORKS2011Managed IT Services, Cyber Security, BackupAuthor Commented:
The 'Verify Backups' option is greyed out when I click on the Time Machine icon in the app bar and press the 'Option" key. I can restore data from Time Machine so backups are working. Wondering why this feature isn't available.

The encryption completed - FYI
Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
Verify Backups ONLY works on network drives NAS type devices like Apple TimeCapsule.  It is ALWAYS greyed out for standard external USB Hard Drives .. doesn't mean there is anything wrong with your backups.

If you're curious you can view the LOGS from TimeMachine using the Console application included in OSX

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WORKS2011Managed IT Services, Cyber Security, BackupAuthor Commented:
Great info, thank you.
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