Skip navigation
This discussion is archived

Using Disk Utility's Repair Disk Command with Time Machine

904 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 11, 2008 8:42 PM by Jon Rosen RSS
Jon Rosen Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Nov 11, 2008 1:28 PM
I'm trying to figure out whether or not I can use Disk Utility's Repair Disk command on a Time Machine volume. Time machine is taking a very long time to finalize its backups. I don't know if there are directory issues that need to be addressed or if it's due to the very large size of the directory. I've been using Time Machine on this computer since last January and the Time Machine directory takes up over 7 GB of disk space! It's so large that DiskWarrior will no longer work on that volume. DiskWarrior has a limit of 4 GB. I can't be the only one in this situation. I don't want my Time Machine backup to get hopelessly corrupted and then have to start agin. I'm trying to be proactive about correcting any issues before they become serious.
iMac 24", Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • jarik Level 4 Level 4 (1,005 points)
    How long is a "very long time"? I am sure if Time Machine couldn't handle just 7GB we'd see a lot of complaining... mine is more than a 100GB and I am sure it's only average.

    Maybe you meant TB?
    MacBook Pro, Powerbook G4, Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • nerowolfe Level 6 Level 6 (13,070 points)
    jarik wrote:
    How long is a "very long time"? I am sure if Time Machine couldn't handle just 7GB we'd see a lot of complaining... mine is more than a 100GB and I am sure it's only average.

    Maybe you meant TB?

    The OP said that the directory takes up 7 GB!
    MacBookPro3,1-17"Core2Duo/VistaUlt64SP1; MacBookPro1,1-15"/XPProSP3; Dual G5/XPP, Mac OS X (10.5.5), Homebrew 3GHz ASUS PC, Dell Inspiron8k, Abacus, Sliderule, HP-50G
  • jarik Level 4 Level 4 (1,005 points)
    Which I perhaps hastily assumed meant the directory where the backups reside (/Volumes/somevol/Backups.backupdb). If that wasn't it, I sure don't know what he meant - maybe the OP can clarify?
    MacBook Pro, Powerbook G4, Mac Mini and a PB G4 12" running 10.3.9
  • jarik Level 4 Level 4 (1,005 points)
    Jon

    So far I haven't a clue as to what is wrong, so until a person stumbles in here with one, maybe you could amuse me with as to how you figured how much space the "catalog" is taking. I surely see nothing funny going on my system, although my Time Machine volume is smaller than yours and I might not be looking in all the right places.
    MacBook Pro, Powerbook G4, Mac Mini and a PB G4 12" running 10.3.9

Actions

More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)

Legend

  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.