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I don't think my Time Machine is working properly

193 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 12, 2012 3:59 PM by topcop1 RSS
topcop1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Jul 12, 2012 1:18 PM

Just went to the apple Store because my MacBook Pro is experiencing problems like running slow, making IPhoto slide shows act stranglely.


anyway, the tech thinks there may be an HD problem and he recommends replacing.  Of course they suggest a full backup before they do that.  I have Mozy but when he checked my Time Machine he noted that there has been no backup since January.


I notice the Clock ;ike Icon running all the time but when I checked Time Machine Preferences it just keeps indicating preparing backup as shown here, and does not seem to back up.  Also the Available: 31 MB of 319.94 stays the same.   I tried going back in time and it only goes back to July 6


Any suggestions?

  • cathy fasano Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)
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    Jul 12, 2012 2:39 PM (in response to topcop1)

    That your mac is not backed up should be your highest priority -- I would go buy a disk and use Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper to make a clone of your disk.  In fact, if you are going to replace the disk, that is the simplest/fastest/safest way to do it -- buy a new disk in an enclosure, clone the old disk on to it, then swap the disks.


    Once you have your data backed up, you can work on getting your machine to function better, and your Time Machine to work.  Until then, though, you are definitely flying without a net!


    If it turns out to be some other problem, and the old disk is and was always fine, you don't have to feel like you wasted the money.  You would going forward have a handy spare disk in an enclosure that you can use to clone your system every month or so, independent of your Time Machine backups.


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