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scrappx Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
time machine is backing up and 'stuck' on 'indexing backup' which is taking forever and shows no progress at all. i can hear the external working away, but the progress bar shows nothing being done... how long does this usually take?

thanks!

macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4 (2,910 points)
    Its totally dependent upon the number of changes on your machine - are you running any applications which are altering the disc contents while it is trying to index ?
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)
    scrappx wrote:
    time machine is backing up and 'stuck' on 'indexing backup' which is taking forever and shows no progress at all. i can hear the external working away, but the progress bar shows nothing being done... how long does this usually take?


    Start with #A1 in the Time Machine - Troubleshooting *User Tip,* also at the top of this forum. Copy and post the messages from the TM Buddy widget here.

    Also tell us about your setup, especially the destination for your backups, and whether this is your first Time Machine backup to that destination.
  • scrappx Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    my first backup was 01/10/10 and latest backup was last night- 10/12/10 at 10pm. destination is to external lacie 1tb connected to time capsule (opted for this route as time capsule takes too long) over wireless. haven't had problems with any backups until now. the backup shows being a little less than 40gb total- so not too bad if i have to start a new one.

    thanks for the help...

    -----TIME WIDGET BUDDY START-----
    Starting standard backup
    Attempting to mount network destination using URL: afp://vivienhh@ourMOVIES1000.local/LaCie1000
    Mounted network destination using URL: afp://vivienhh@ourMOVIES1000.local/LaCie1000
    Disk image /Volumes/LaCie1000-1/vivienhh’s MacBook Pro.sparsebundle mounted at: /Volumes/Time Machine Backups
    Backing up to: /Volumes/Time Machine Backups/Backups.backupdb
    No pre-backup thinning needed: 587.5 MB requested (including padding), 269.32 GB available
    Waiting for index to be ready (100)
    Waiting for index to be ready (101)
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    Indexer unavailable (200)
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  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)
    scrappx wrote:
    my first backup was 01/10/10 and latest backup was last night- 10/12/10 at 10pm. destination is to external lacie 1tb connected to time capsule (opted for this route as time capsule takes too long) over wireless.


    Backing-up to a USB drive connected to a TC shouldn't be any faster than backing-up to the TC itself. Some folks say it's actually a bit slower.

    the backup shows being a little less than 40gb total


    Huh? Where do you see that?

    No pre-backup thinning needed: 587.5 MB requested (including padding),


    That means TM estimates about 490 mb, before it adds 20% padding.

    Waiting for index to be ready (100)
    Waiting for index to be ready (101)


    These indicate a problem with the drive, or difficulty communicating with it.

    Try all the things in #D2 of the Time Machine - Troubleshooting *User Tip,* also at the top of this forum.
  • suebee14 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the identical problem. Indexing backup is stuck.
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)
    Hi, and welcome to the forums.

    If you have the identical problem, then please take the identical advice.
  • William Kucharski Level 6 Level 6 (14,890 points)
    Pondini wrote:
    Waiting for index to be ready (100)
    Waiting for index to be ready (101)


    These indicate a problem with the drive, or difficulty communicating with it.


    Precisely.

    For example, there's a bug of sorts with network backups to a Time Capsule that triggers this behavior if TM backups are being done via AirPort and the AirPort transfer rate drops too low.
  • scrappx Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    the problem to this problem is that the drive was not mounting when doing a backup and was stuck indexing...

    thanks for the posts and reference to the that page, will definitely come in handy!
  • leifunderhill Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Iam having similar issues:

    Starting standard backup
    Attempting to mount network destination using URL: afp://Leif%20@Leif.afpovertcp.tcp.local/Data
    Mounted network destination using URL: afp://Leif%20@Leif.afpovertcp.tcp.local/Data
    QUICKCHECK ONLY; FILESYSTEM CLEAN
    Disk image /Volumes/Data/Leif .sparsebundle mounted at: /Volumes/Time Machine Backups
    Backing up to: /Volumes/Time Machine Backups/Backups.backupdb
    No pre-backup thinning needed: 305.04 GB requested (including padding), 922.56 GB available
    Waiting for index to be ready (101)
    Stopping backupd to allow ejection of backup destination disk!
    Copied 0 files (0 bytes) from volume Macintosh HD.
    Backup canceled.
    Ejected Time Machine disk image.
    Ejected Time Machine network volume.
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)
    What is the destination for your backups?

    It's clearly on a network -- Time Capsule, Mac Server, shared drive on another Mac, or ??

    Is this new (your first backup to this location), or had it been working before?
  • LAM09 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the Buddy widget advice. I am having the same "waiting for index to be ready" problem, but I don't see a solution in this discussion. Am I missing something or is the question not answerable at this time? Or should I call Apple?
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)
    LAM09 wrote:
    Thanks for the Buddy widget advice. I am having the same "waiting for index to be ready" problem, but I don't see a solution in this discussion.


    An earlier post has a link to #D2 in Time Machine - Troubleshooting (or use the link in *User Tips* at the top of this forum). It contains a number of possible solutions, and the thread is marked "answered."

    Have you tried all that apply to your setup?

    Have you tried repairing your backups, per #A5 there?

    What is the destination for your backups? If it's an external HD, details please (USB/Firewire; how it's connected; etc.).
  • RedFish61 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Just wanted to weigh in on this one because of the similarity of my problem. I didn't see in this thread how the HD was connected. I've had similar "hang" issues with my Iomega 1.5TB drive. http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=11561294#11561294 I changed the partition format, which didn't solve the problem. In the end, I reluctantly switched to USB connection, and the problem is completely fixed. I'm convinced that the problem has to do with Firewire 800 and sleep, because TM would work fine on a busy day of computer use, but generally hang in the morning after the iMac had slept. Console log would show messages indicating that the computer was waiting for the HD. My problem is 'solved' because TM is working for me, but I'm still ticked that I can't use the faster FW hookup. That's why I spent months shopping for this particular HD.
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)
    RedFish61 wrote:
    . . .. I'm convinced that the problem has to do with Firewire 800 and sleep, because TM would work fine on a busy day of computer use, but generally hang in the morning after the iMac had slept. Console log would show messages indicating that the computer was waiting for the HD. My problem is 'solved' because TM is working for me, but I'm still ticked that I can't use the faster FW hookup. That's why I spent months shopping for this particular HD.


    That's not a general problem; many folks back up via F/W 800 drives without a problem. Your difficulty may have to do with the particular drive you have, or even the software/firmware that came with it. Most external HDs come with their own sleep or "spin down" mode; some can be changed, deleted, or disabled, others can't. Some will respond to the +Put the hard disk(s) to sleep . . .+ setting in +System Preferences > Energy Saver,+ others won't.
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