5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 15, 2012 4:57 AM by jk 2011
jk 2011 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

The past couple days, I've been getting an error message saying:

 

The backup disk could not be found.

Make sure the backup disk is connected or open Time Machine preferences to select a different backup disk.

 

When I open System Preferences, Time Machine is on, my Time Capsule is the selected dick, and it has 1.62 of 2 TB available.  On the Time Capsule itself, the green light is on.  And I'm having no problems with my Network.

The computer I'm trying to back up is a Macbook Pro running OS 10.8.2

I'm not aware of any changes I've made that would cause Time Machine to stop working.

 

Any suggestions?

 

Thanks.


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: Time Capsule not backing up computer
    jk 2011 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    More info:

     

    Per suggestions elsewhere on this site, I tried renaming the Time Capsule and it's disk.

     

    When I did that I got this error:

    The backup disk could not be found.

    Make sure the backup disk is connected or open Time Machine preferences to select a different backup disk.

  • 2. Re: Time Capsule not backing up computer
    LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (35,380 points)

    It is just poor networking on Mountain Lion.. reboot the whole network.. modem.. wait 2min.. Router or TC.. wait 2min then the client computers.

     

    Does it now find the disk??

     

    If not you need to connect and redo the setup using ethernet.

     

    Set wireless to smb standard.. ie short name.. no spaces pure alphanumeric. but it will still need to occasionally reboot the TC..

  • 3. Re: Time Capsule not backing up computer
    apple mad Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes rebooting fixes it for me - but I have to reboot each time I want to backup!!!  Not a perm solution.....  sounds like a bug to me?

  • 4. Re: Time Capsule not backing up computer
    RagnarFreyr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Having the same problem - rebooting works but thank can't be the solution.

     

    I got the time machine because of its automatic backups.

     

    Apple - where is the solution! This must be a software issue!

     

    Regards,

  • 5. Re: Time Capsule not backing up computer
    jk 2011 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My solution until Apple fixes this glitch:

     

    I put a timer on my power supply.  It "unplugs" time capsule every night from midnight until 5 am, thereby resetting itself and avoiding the whole issue.

    I'm not awake those hours to be using it anyway, so it doesn't interrupt anything, and as an added bonus, it saves a bit if electricity every night.