5 Replies Latest reply: Oct 29, 2013 11:17 AM by Bob Timmons
Dennis_S Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

My TC works flwlessly until today when I get an error stating that it cannot back up as the disk is in use. Never seen that oine before. Has anyone else? Does anyopne know a fix?

 

Has Mavericks got anything to do with it?

  • 1. Re: Disk in use by another?
    Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (78,505 points)

    What is the exact message that you are seeing? Include any error numbers if they are present.

  • 2. Re: Disk in use by another?
    Dennis_S Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    No error numbers. Right now its 'preparing backup' for the last hour!

     

    And the disk no longer shows up in Finder.

  • 3. Re: Disk in use by another?
    Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (78,505 points)

    Sorry, confused. You told us that

     

    I get an error stating that it cannot back up as the disk is in use.

     

    Please clarify.

     

    What other troubleshooting steps have you performed?

  • 4. Re: Disk in use by another?
    Dennis_S Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Pulled the power and then ended up doing a full hard reset. Still not nothing.Right now its still preparing back up and I was able to enter Time Machine, so I am going to let it run and see what happens.

     

    I will post back if I get the error again.

     

    Thanks for your help.

  • 5. Re: Disk in use by another?
    Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (78,505 points)

    If the Mac is connected to the Time Capsule using wireless, the "Preparing" message is going to take a long time, since Time Machine has to perform a "deep traversal" to carefully read the entire disk for any errors.

     

    The operation may take anywhere from 10-15 minutes to a few hours depending on the amount of data on the Time Capsule disk.