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Time Machine Slow on Lion 10.7.5

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badga Calculating status...
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Sep 22, 2012 8:23 AM

Time machine keeps saying it's preparing and it's going on for ages, when it finally gets going there's only a couple of Gig to do but it's just taking forever. The drive is connected via USB and was OK till I went from OS 10.7.4 to 10.7.5.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5), 3.4Ghz (16GB Ram) Intel Core i7
  • Tobit Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 25, 2012 3:27 AM (in response to badga)

    Hi badga,

     

     

    Have a look to this thread: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4324046 !!

    The problem seems to be linked to Spotlight.

     

    You might recover your Time Machine backup speed by deactivating Spotlight witht the following command in the Terminal:

     

    sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.metadata.mds.plist

     

     

    To reactivate Spotlight use the following command in the Terminal:

     

    sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.metadata.mds.plist

     

    Cheers.

  • NeilHobbs Calculating status...
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    Sep 25, 2012 12:10 PM (in response to badga)

    Can you add to the following thread;

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/19753775#19753775

  • imagapixinator Calculating status...
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    Sep 26, 2012 7:17 PM (in response to Tobit)

    The Terminal command to shut off Spotlight did the trick for me. Thanks! I hope Apple fixes this SOON!

  • Distiller Calculating status...
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    Sep 26, 2012 7:49 PM (in response to badga)

    Same problem here, writting to the backup disk is fine for the first half of the backup (about) and then it slows down to a crawl, writting data every couple of minutes, maybe 10mg every 5 minutes... Takes forever to backup!

  • Garrett Jackson Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 27, 2012 11:21 AM (in response to badga)

    Just want to add myself to the list with the Time Machine slowdown/stall issues.

     

    I used a program called Spotless to turn off Spotlight indexing and Time Machine is working fine.

     

    I have two MacBook Pros (10.7.5) and both were affected.

     

    I like to avoid using sudo commands but thanks to those who posted Terminal commands to turn off Spotlight.

     

    I thought I was going crazy last night.  Hope Apple fixes problem quickly.

  • Distiller Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 27, 2012 11:26 AM (in response to badga)

    I recommend that we all send feedback to Apple about this so that they make sure to fix it:

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html

  • michaelfromseal beach Calculating status...
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    Sep 27, 2012 8:18 PM (in response to badga)

    Reindexing won't help--i've tried it twice

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