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Eddie Strauss Level 3 Level 3 (990 points)
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Feb 18, 2013 5:24 AM

It's Feb. 18. The Time Machine drop down says "Latest Backup to.. Feb. 7, 2013". I've seen disk full messages recently. But the designated drive churns regularly. Some of the dates on the right are red. Most recent are white.


In another room the time machine backup drop down shows today's date. And all the dates on the right are red. Both backup drives have more space than the HD they are backing up.



Will someone explain the "Feb. 7" message? The drive is churning right now but the Time Machine clock at the top is NOT spinning backwards.


Thanks in advance.

OS X Mountain Lion
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,840 points)
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    Feb 18, 2013 7:58 AM (in response to Eddie Strauss)

    If you have more than one user account, these instructions must be carried out as an administrator.

    Launch the Console application in any of the following ways:

    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)

    ☞ In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.

    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Console in the icon grid.

    Make sure the title of the Console window is All Messages. If it isn't, select All Messages from the SYSTEM LOG QUERIES menu on the left.

    Enter the word "Starting" (without the quotes) in the String Matching text field. You should now see log messages with the words "Starting * backup," where * represents any of the words "automatic," "manual," or "standard." Note the timestamp of the last such message. Clear the text field and scroll back in the log to that time. Select the messages timestamped from then until the end of the backup, or the end of the log if that's not clear. Copy them (command-C) to the Clipboard. Paste (command-V) into a reply to this message.

    If there are runs of repeated messages, post only one example of each. Don't post many repetitions of the same message.

    When posting a log extract, be selective. Don't post more than is requested.

    Please do not indiscriminately dump thousands of lines from the log into this discussion.


    Some personal information, such as the names of your files, may be included — anonymize before posting.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,840 points)
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    Feb 18, 2013 11:47 AM (in response to Eddie Strauss)

    Launch Disk Utility and select the icon of the backup drive -- not the volume icon(s) nested beneath it. At the bottom of the window, you should see "Partition map scheme: GUID partition table." Is that what you see?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,840 points)
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    Feb 18, 2013 12:46 PM (in response to Eddie Strauss)

    You're getting unusual errors in the log that point to a problem with the backup volume. I strongly suggest that you start another TM backup on a different drive. After you've done that, you should delete the old TM volume from the list of backup disks in the Time Machine preference pane. When you're sure you'll no longer need the data, erase the TM volume and start over.


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