3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 28, 2008 1:15 PM by joshz
ndelc Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)
I have Time Machine backing up to a 500GB external HD. It's been faithfully backing up with no problems. A couple weeks ago the screen on my MBP died and I had to take it to the Apple Store to be fixed. I got it back today, and after setting everything up, I noticed that Time Machine hadn't backed up because it said the backup volume couldn't be located. The drive I use was connected, and mounted on the desktop, and it was listed in the TM preferences. I clicked on "change disk", re-selected it, and this time TM found it just fine, but the problem is, it's trying to create another set up backups on the HD instead of using the existing folder of backups that it's been using for months. The original set of backups were in a folder called "MacBook Pro", and now it's trying to create a new folder called "MacBook Pro 2". Is there any way to "reconnect" to the original folder that's already in place?

2.4ghz MacBook Pro, Dual 2.5ghz G5 Power Mac, 667mhz TiBook, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • joshz Level 4 Level 4 (3,280 points)
    Delete the MacBook Pro 2 folder, and follow the steps in this article:
    http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20080128003716101

    Good luck!

    Message was edited by: joshz
  • Mayberrb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Time Machine was working perfectly on my iMac until I had to take it in to replace the video card. When the computer was repaired a week later, I reconnected my external hard drive and clicked on "Back Up Now" under the Time Machine icon in the menu bar. A "Time Machine Error" message came up informing me that "This backup is too large for the backup volume." More than half the hard drive is still available (38.3 GB), but Time Machine demands 40.9 GB, which is more than my original backup with Time Machine months ago. So it seems Time Machine wants to start over with a new backup of my entire system. Can I tell it to resume where it left off? Or do I have to buy another hard drive and start all over again?

    Bob M.
  • joshz Level 4 Level 4 (3,280 points)
    Follow the steps in the article I linked to, and if that doesn't work, erase the backup drive and start over.

    Good luck!