11 Replies Latest reply: Oct 23, 2011 7:41 AM by Pondini
smitty195 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

Hello,

 

I started using Time Capsule about 3 months ago, but I have been using Time Machine (with an external firewire hard drive) for a few years now. But right now, when I click on "Spotlight" in the upper-right corner of my screen, there is a progress bar and it says, "Indexing Time Machine Backups". It currently says 29 HOURS to go.

 

Can someone please explain what this is, and what it means? This is happening on my MacBook Pro, but I also have an iMac connected to the same Time Capsule but it is not doing this.

 

Thank you very much.


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)

    Your backups must be indexed to work properly.  It sounds like something has happened to that set of backups, to cause them to be re-indexed,  but take that 29 hour estimate with a very large grain of salt.

     

    Have the backups to that Mac been completing normally? 

  • smitty195 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    How do I find out if something happened? I am also noticing that the backups on my MBP are taking FOREVER to complete. They used to take just a few minutes, but I just watched a backup of 8.6MB (a tiny amount) take 45 minutes. On my iMac, much larger backups only take a few minutes.

     

    What am I missing here? Something must be up....is there any way I can diagnose or fix it? Or do I have to let the "indexing" play out until things return to normal? Also, can I put the computer to sleep while it is doing this, or does this make the indexing process start all over from the beginning again? If it must start all over again from the beginning, then I will have to adjust the preferences so that it never sleeps.


    Thank you.

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)

    smitty195 wrote:

    . . .

    What am I missing here? Something must be up....is there any way I can diagnose or fix it?

    If the backups do complete normally (eventually), a clue may be lurking in your logs.  Use the widget in #A1 of Time Machine - Troubleshooting to display the backup messages from your logs.  Locate the backup in question, then copy and post all the messages here.

     

    You might also want to take a look at #B2 in that link, especially the green box.

  • smitty195 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I hate to sound like an idiot, but I did as outlined above. I downloaded the widget, and it is now installed in my Dashboard. I am looking at the window that has all of the notes that you'd like me to paste here, however, I can not select all, copy, or anything because it's in the Dashboard. Any time I click anywhere, Dashboard disappears. Is there a way to copy something from a Dashboard widget without it going away?

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (86,505 points)

    Click and drag over the messages in the Time Machine Buddy window to highlight them, then hold down the command key while you tap the C key on your keyboard to copy the text

     

    Come back to the Support area and click the reply window and then hold down the command key while you tap the V key on your keyboard to paste the text that you copied from Time Machine Buddy

  • smitty195 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Ah, okay...I got ya now. Sorry about that!


    Here is the info:

     

    Starting standard backup

    Attempting to mount network destination using URL: afp://Andrew%20Smith@Wynn-Las-Vegas-Time-Capsule.local/Data

    Mounted network destination using URL: afp://Andrew%20Smith@Wynn-Las-Vegas-Time-Capsule.local/Data

    QUICKCHECK ONLY; FILESYSTEM CLEAN

    Disk image /Volumes/Data/Macintosh 1.sparsebundle mounted at: /Volumes/Time Machine Backups

    Backing up to: /Volumes/Time Machine Backups/Backups.backupdb

    No pre-backup thinning needed: 258.1 MB requested (including padding), 572.78 GB available

    Copied 0 bytes of 57.0 MB, 0 of 339 items

    Stopping backupd to allow ejection of backup destination disk!

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)

    smitty195 wrote:

    . . .

    Copied 0 bytes of 57.0 MB, 0 of 339 items

    Stopping backupd to allow ejection of backup destination disk!

    All normal to that point.

     

    As odd as it sounds, the problem might be the name of your Time Capsule.  See #C9 in  Time Machine - Troubleshooting

     

    If that doesn't help, something (probabaly an I/O error) caused TM to fail and force-eject the sparse bundle containing your backups.

     

    Try to repair them, per #A5 in the Troubleshooting link.

  • smitty195 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Okay, I checked #C9 and I'm only partially understanding what it is asking me to do.

     

    I went into my System Preferences -> Sharing, and in the box at the top of that window where it says "Computer Name", the box is blank--nothing is there.

     

    I see in #C9 that this box should not be blank, and that it has to have a name of less than 25 characters as well as the other limitations listed.


    My question regarding step #C9 is this: Why is there no name in the box? Is this something that my computer automatically fills in because it grabs it from somewhere else? I've owned 14 Apple computers over the years, and I have never gone into this area of my computer (Sharing Preferences) and given my computer a name. If I am supposed to name it, what do I do after typing a name into the box? Just hit "return" and close the box? #C9 doesn't really tell me what to do after that, or if it does, I'm not grasping it. The reason I'm not very anxious to jump in and change the name is because I don't know what I'm doing, and I have learned over the years that when dealing with anything related to Airport or Time Capsule, one tiny little change effects all sorts of things "downstream" and if I don't know what I'm doing, I probably shouldn't do it. Do you recommend that I just call AppleCare and describe the problem to them instead?

     

    Thank you!

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)

    smitty195 wrote:

    . . .

    My question regarding step #C9 is this: Why is there no name in the box? Is this something that my computer automatically fills in because it grabs it from somewhere else?

    A default name is usually put there when you first set up your Mac;  if you transfer your stuff from an old one, it will transfer the name from the old one unless you un-check the box for it.  The name is only used for networking.

     

    Just put something in there, like "Smittys Mac" and press Return.  The name under it should be filled-in automaticatlly, if it isn't, click the Edit button and append ".local" to it.

     

    Also check the name of your Time Capsule, via Airport Utility > Manual Setup > Base Station, and your network, via Airport Utility > Manual Setup > Wireless.

  • stevefromkentville Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My time machine is getting stuck on "indexing backup".  Does anybody know what this means?  I haven't been able to successfully backup in a few days.  I downloaded the time machine log widget and here is what it says:

     

    Starting standard backup

    Network destination already mounted at: /Volumes/Steve Macdonald's Time Caps

    QUICKCHECK ONLY; FILESYSTEM CLEAN

    Disk image /Volumes/Steve Macdonald's Time Caps/StevesComputer.sparsebundle mounted at: /Volumes/Time Machine Backups

    Backing up to: /Volumes/Time Machine Backups/Backups.backupdb

    Event store UUIDs don't match for volume: Macintosh HD

    Waiting for index to be ready (101)

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    Any idea as to what is happenning?

     

    Cheers

     

    Steve