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2132 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 28, 2009 12:51 PM by Pondini
Currently Being ModeratedJan 23, 2009 3:44 PM (in response to 4request)Hard to tell exactly what's going on here.
What's now on your external? TM backups from your G4? How is it formatted? How many partitions, and of what type?
Regardless, you do need to know that your backup drive is too small, unless most of your internal HD is free. Even if you erase your 250 gb external.
The "rule of thumb" is, TM needs 2-3 times the space of the data it's backing-up. This is for one copy of everything on your HD, plus copies of many previous versions of changed files, plus some workspace.
In reality, though, it depends mostly on how you use your Mac. If you frequently update many large files, even 3 times may not be enough. But if you mostly change only small files, and not continually, 1.5 might be enough.
All that said, TM should send you a message if it doesn't have enough room.
If this happened the first time you tried to back up, here's an article that might help: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1550?viewlocale=en_US
Otherwise, you might want to download the Time Machine Buddy widget. It will show TM's messages from one backup run at a time in a small window. You may have to refresh it, but it ought to indicate what's going on, at least until the freeze. Copy them (be sure to get them all, as sometimes they overflow the window) and post here.iMac G5 1.8 GHz PowerPC 1.5gb RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2009 11:48 AM (in response to Pondini)Thnaks Pondini! It sounds like I am in the market for a new bootable usb external hard drive to use with Time Machine on my new aluminum, 320gb 7200rpm HD, MacBook with the following specs:
Model Identifier: MacBook5,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 3 MB
Memory: 4 GB
Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
Boot ROM Version: MB51.0073.B06
SMC Version: 1.32f8
I would appreciate any recommendations that would work as flawlessly as possible.MacBook 13' Aluminum, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2009 12:00 PM (in response to 4request)Any brand-name, good-quality drive should work fine.
You'll find a few good and bad comments here about most of them.
And don't be misled by whether they say "Mac compatible" or not; nearly any drive can be used with a Mac. It's just how they're formatted from the factory.
However it comes, you'll probably want to erase it (most come with their own backup and other software), format it properly (and perhaps partition it) via Disk Utility anyway.iMac G5 1.8 GHz PowerPC 1.5gb RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 28, 2009 11:21 AM (in response to 4request)I had a similar problem, apple couldn't solve it, even replaced two time capsules assuming they had bad hard drives and finally a genius looked at what my system was running and it seemed the virus software my university gave me was causing crashes when time machine ran. I uninstalled it, was assured it was unnecessary anyway, and its been smooth sailing since.macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 28, 2009 12:51 PM (in response to macyo22)This is interesting, and potentially valuable, information, but "tacking" it onto a thread about an entirely different problem, much less one already marked Solved, means anyone searching for the cause of a crash likely won't find it.
If you want people to see it, please post a new thread, NOT as a question, and with a subject that describes YOUR symptoms (did the backup crash or your whole Mac?). Including the name of the antivirus software would be helpful, too.iMac G5 1.8 GHz PowerPC 1.5gb RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.6)