2 Replies Latest reply: May 16, 2012 9:26 AM by ds store
Brian in Fla Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How can you monitor the progress of a backup? I use timemachine and an external drive  to do my backups on my 09 Macbook pro. I want to be able to see the amount of files transferred and time remaining or any other pertinent info. Not just a spinning wheel.

macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • 1. Re: How do you monitor backup progress
    ecpa Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)

    Open System Preferences -> Time Machine. At the bottom of the window you should see a line saying something like "Show Time Machine in menu bar". Tick it. Now you have the TM icon in your menu bar. Whenever a backup is running, click on it. You will see how much data is already backed up and how much data the whole backup is.

    If the backup is not running, it shows the time of the last successful backup.

  • 2. Re: How do you monitor backup progress
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    I don't know, I use bootable clones myself and it shows me the progress of the backup and updating of files.


    However I can point you to this guy who is the local TM guru


    All about Time Machine



    If you want to learn more about all sorts of backups to diversify your restore options (TM can fail to restore properly), including bootable clones etc. then read my UT here on the subject.


    Most commonly used backup methods explained



    I personally don't use TimeMachine, preferring the more advanced bootable clone options.