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  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Jun 20, 2013 10:15 AM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    Cartoonguy wrote:

     

    Wow, now I really feel like a Time Capsule/Time Machine expert thanks to Pondini!  Cheers!  Again, appreciate your time filling me in with all these details about how this works. 

    Study hard, there will be a test

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jun 20, 2013 10:27 AM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    You've probably got a Master's degree by now. 

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Jun 20, 2013 10:40 AM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    Study hard, there will be a test

    Hmmm, that was not the test I referred to

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jun 20, 2013 10:46 AM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    Sounds like the sparse bundle is damaged (it has it's own set of directories, catalogs, etc, just like a "real" disk). 

     

    That does happen, especially the larger they get (more the number of files than the total size).

     

    Try repairing it, per #A5 in Time Machine - Troubleshooting.

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jun 20, 2013 11:20 AM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    It's on a network.  Networks, especially wireless networks, are less bullet-proof than directly-connected external HDs. 

     

    A sparse bundle  disk image is sort of a disk-within-a-disk, with its directory and contents spread over a whole passel of 8 MB "band" files.

     

    And you just copied about a zillion files and folders, right? 

     

    To a Time Capsule that was made before March, 2009, so at least 4+ years old, right?

     

    And how many times have we said, yes, you can do that, but we don't recommend it?

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Jun 20, 2013 11:56 AM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    Pondini will explain (I am sure) but I am curious how a Case Sensitive volume is involved. I'll wait for some input on that one.

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jun 20, 2013 12:37 PM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    Cartoonguy wrote:

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    Apple sells a product, Time Capsule, precisely to do this, so it seems it should work.

    Like all hardware, they don't work forever.  The HDs often die at 3-4 years, the router part usually lasts longer.

     

    2013-06-20 11:38:14 -0700: The volume Time Machine Backups appears to be OK.

    It didn't find anything wrong.  5 minutes flat is very quick, though . . .


    Does that mean I should just plug it back in now and see if it works

    Yup, give it a shot.

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jun 20, 2013 12:41 PM (in response to Csound1)

    Csound1 wrote:

     

    Pondini will explain (I am sure) but I am curious how a Case Sensitive volume is involved. I'll wait for some input on that one.

    Yes, that's the default.  If TM has to reformat an external HD, that's what it uses, too.  It can be changed, but takes forever unless you do it first. 

     

    Remember, TM can back up multiple drives.  So if you've been backing-up just your Mac for a while, then decide to connect a case-sensitive external, it can't be backed-up to a case-ignorant volume.

     

    That's rarely a problem; see #E7 in Time Machine - Troubleshooting for the exception.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Jun 20, 2013 12:43 PM (in response to Pondini)

    OK, that makes sense, been a long while since I saw a Case Sensitive volume so I needed to know.

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jun 20, 2013 12:45 PM (in response to Csound1)

    Csound1 wrote:

     

    OK, that makes sense, been a long while since I saw a Case Sensitive volume so I needed to know.

    Wish I could say the same. 

     

    I don't see them often, but every now and then somebody's trying to switch from case-sensitive to case-ignorant on their Mac, so do a backup, reformat the HD, and wonder why the installer or Setup/Migration Assistant won't just install their backups!

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