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Timemachine keeps indexing my Backup

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Markus Witschi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 28, 2011 6:26 AM

After upgrading to Lion, Timemachine keeps in the following state: German: "Backup indizieren..." (English: Indexing Backup). This last now for 2 Days. Meanwhile no Backups are processed anymore.

 

Someone has an idea?

Mac mini Server, Mac OS X (10.6.5), Mac mini, PowerMac G4, MacBook Pro
  • Aleksejs Calculating status...
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    Jul 28, 2011 7:27 AM (in response to Markus Witschi)

    Unfortunatly, your data aren't backed up during this indexing. The only thing, you can is just wait.

     

    How much data is locate on your TM disk?

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,900 points)
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    Jul 28, 2011 7:31 AM (in response to Markus Witschi)

    How are you connected to the drive? If it is over wireless, you should connect with an Ethernet cable instead. In any event, it shouldn't take two days. If you are using wireless, connect with Ethernet and then reboot. That will start a new re-index task that hopefully should finish in a couple of hours.

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jul 28, 2011 9:42 AM (in response to etresoft)

    If that doesn't help, you may need to repair your backups, per #A5 in Time Machine - Troubleshooting.

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jul 28, 2011 12:23 PM (in response to Markus Witschi)

    I doubt it's a problem with the server.

     

    Try the Repair first; if that doesn't help, you may need to either erase the sparse bundle for that Mac and let Time Machine start over, or delete the Spotlight index.

  • fsbox Calculating status...
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    Aug 11, 2011 6:42 AM (in response to Pondini)

    Hello Pondini,

     

    I have checked your pages but have not been able to find the answer to my problem.

     

    Since I upgraded to Lion more than a week ago, my computer is significantly slower (slower startup, slower opening of programs, slower switching from one program to another). It seemed a bit better after spotlight completed indexing of the computer, but it's still very slow now.

    It's a MacBook Pro beginning of 2008 (I have 2GB of RAM, maybe that's not enough, but from the posts that I have seen, people seem to be running lion easily with 2GB...). I did not do a clean install but installed over Snow Leopard which was the original OS that was on the hard disk (which I had to replace probably 2 years ago).

     

    Anyway, the only flagrant abnormal behaviour I can see as a non IT specialist is never ending time machine indexing of the backup (on an external HD almost continuously connected via USB) which I never had under Snow Leopard. I had the vague impression that Lion was faster when there was no backup / TM indexing under way, but I am not sure since I also had slower behaviour without the disk being connected.

    Backup does complete after a long time (sometimes before the new hourly backup, sometimes not), however.

    I checked the integrity of my backup disk with disk utility and it "appears to be OK".

     

    Anyway, my questions are

    (1) Could the indexing be responsible for slow Lion?

    (2) Is there anything I can (or should) do about it?

     

    Thanks already for your wisdom :-)

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Aug 11, 2011 8:10 AM (in response to fsbox)

    Since you've already repaired your backups, it sounds like the index is damaged. 

     

    Either erase the TM disk and let Time Machine start fresh, or,

     

    Delete the index:  First, download the Tinker Tool app, per #A3 in Time Machine - Troubleshooting.  Follow the instructions there to show invisible files.

     

    Open the TM drive/partition via the Finder.  At the top level you'll find a  .Spotlight-V100 folder.  Delete it (you'll have to enter your Admin password), and empty the trash.   Do not touch anything else.

     

    Run a backup.  The first one will take quite a while, as it must be indexed, but thereafter, backups should run normally.

  • fsbox Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Aug 12, 2011 12:03 AM (in response to Pondini)

    great, seems to have worked! Thank you very much! :-)

  • fsbox Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Aug 12, 2011 12:05 AM (in response to Pondini)

    (I deleted the index and re-indexing was quite fast... ran another backup, seemed back to normal speed except for "preparing backup" that seems a bit longer than under Snow Leopard)

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