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Time Machine NOT backing up

359 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 26, 2012 6:08 PM by Pondini RSS
Jevastang Calculating status...
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Jul 24, 2012 6:43 PM

Hello everybody,


I got an error message from my time machine back up and haven't been able to solve the problem. I got an error message when I tried to do my routine backups on one of the partions of my external. The error was along the lines of disk failed or needed to be repaired. So I went into disk utility and actully repaired the hard drive like it said it needed to and everything looked great. Went to do a back up and still failed. So I erased the harddrive completely reformatted it with 2 partitions. Set aside one for TM, went to set it up 20 mins in and the error message showed up. I have a copy of it that I will attach. I'm really just trying to scramble tonight to do backups so I can download Mountain Lion tommorrow. I did a partion TM back up on another drive and it worked just fine. I basically want to start from scratch and set up time machine and do a back up on this particular external (seagate goflex I believe USB 3). Help would be much apprciated!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,890 points)
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    Jul 24, 2012 7:41 PM (in response to Jevastang)

    Did you repair the Time Machine drive or your internal hard drive? I suggest doing both.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,650 points)
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    Jul 24, 2012 9:31 PM (in response to Jevastang)

    There's evidence on this site that GoFlex drives don't work well with Time Machine. I suggest you use something else.

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jul 25, 2012 10:57 AM (in response to Jevastang)

    Not one of Apple's more informative messages.    Most likely, Time Machine is choking on a damaged/corrupted file.


    See #C3 in Time Machine - Troubleshooting.

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jul 26, 2012 6:08 PM (in response to Jevastang)

    Sounds like the disk is on it's last legs. 


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