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Lets Go Flyers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Will Time Machine backup the contents of my SD card? The SD card automatically shows up in the excluded list, but is not grayed out.  When I remove it from the excluded list and save, it just goes back onto the excluded list, and is not included in the backup.  Thanks for your help!


iPhone 4S, iOS 5.0.1
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (154,475 points)

    Time Machine only backs up volumes in Mac OS format. If you format the card that way, it can be backed up. Not otherwise.

  • Lets Go Flyers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the reply!  I formatted the card using Mac OS Extended (Journaled).  Is that the correct format?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (154,475 points)

    Yes.

  • Lets Go Flyers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hmmm...I reformatted the card to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) when I first started using it.  From what your saying, it should work with time machine.  It is a Transcend 64GB SDXC if that makes any difference.  I am currently using it for my iTunes media folder and am hoping to back it up on TM so I don't lose all of my media in the worst case.  Any other thoughts on what the problem could be?  Thanks again for your help!

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (154,475 points)

    Insert the card, then launch the Terminal application and enter the command "mount" (without the quotes.) Post the lines of output that appear below.

  • Lets Go Flyers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    /dev/disk0s2 on / (hfs, local, journaled)

    devfs on /dev (devfs, local, nobrowse)

    map -hosts on /net (autofs, nosuid, automounted, nobrowse)

    map auto_home on /home (autofs, automounted, nobrowse)

    localhost:/geEb2Mtxh40FHt_edFRjoT on /Volumes/MobileBackups (mtmfs, nosuid, read-only, nobrowse)

    /dev/disk2s2 on /Volumes/64GB iTunes (hfs, local, nodev, nosuid, journaled, noowners)

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (154,475 points)

    Open the Time Machine preference pane and select the exclusion list. Launch the Console application by entering the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search, and select "system.log" from the file list. Click the "Clear Display" icon in the toolbar. Remove the SD card from the exclusion list in the preference pane. Post any error messages that appear in the Console window.

  • Lets Go Flyers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Jan 29 00:06:51 Michaels-MacBook-Air com.apple.backupd[507]: Starting standard backup

    Jan 29 00:06:51 Michaels-MacBook-Air com.apple.backupd[507]: Backing up to: /Volumes/Time Machine/Backups.backupdb

    Jan 29 00:06:52 Michaels-MacBook-Air com.apple.backupd[507]: 556.0 MB required (including padding), 293.05 GB available

    Jan 29 00:06:56 Michaels-MacBook-Air com.apple.backupd[507]: Copied 521 files (6 KB) from volume Macintosh HD.

    Jan 29 00:06:56 Michaels-MacBook-Air com.apple.backupd[507]: 556.0 MB required (including padding), 293.05 GB available

    Jan 29 00:06:58 Michaels-MacBook-Air com.apple.backupd[507]: Copied 92 files (93 bytes) from volume Macintosh HD.

    Jan 29 00:06:58 Michaels-MacBook-Air mds[71]: (Error) Volume: Could not find requested backup type:2 for volume

    Jan 29 00:06:58 Michaels-MacBook-Air com.apple.backupd[507]: Starting post-backup thinning

    Jan 29 00:06:58 Michaels-MacBook-Air com.apple.backupd[507]: No post-back up thinning needed: no expired backups exist

    Jan 29 00:06:58 Michaels-MacBook-Air com.apple.backupd[507]: Backup completed successfully.

    Jan 29 00:07:15 Michaels-MacBook-Air com.apple.kextcache[479]: Created prelinked kernel /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.kext.caches/Startup/kernelcache.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (154,475 points)

    Launch the Terminal application by entering the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Drag or copy -- do not type -- the following line into the window, then press return:

     

    tmutil isexcluded "/Volumes/64GB iTunes"

     

    Post any lines of output that appear below what you entered -- the text, please, not a screenshot.

  • Lets Go Flyers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    -/Volumes/64GB iTunes

    Michaels-MacBook-Air:~ michael$

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (154,475 points)

    Now enter this command in the same way:

     

    sudo tmutil removeexclusion -p "/Volumes/64GB iTunes"

     

    You'll be prompted for your login password, which won't be displayed when you type it. You may get a one-time warning not to screw up. You don't need to post the warning.

     

    Wait a few seconds, then enter the first command again and post the output. You can do this easily by pressing the up-arrow key a couple of times until the command reappears.

  • Lets Go Flyers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just want to clarify...when you say "Wait a few seconds, then enter the first command again," do you mean the:

     

    tmutil isexcluded "/Volumes/64GB iTunes"

     

    If so, this is what came up after I entered the "sudo..." command, then password, then the "tmutil..." command:

     

    Michaels-MacBook-Air:~ michael$ sudo tmutil removeexclusion -p "/Volumes/64GB iTunes"

    Password:

    Michaels-MacBook-Air:~ michael$ tmutil isexcluded "/Volumes/64GB iTunes"-          /Volumes/64GB iTunes

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (154,475 points)

    Time Machine is indeed not letting you remove that item from the exclusion list. It's also not telling you why it won't let you. There's no obvious reason that I can see. It could be a problem with the card or the slot. I suggest you make a "Genius" appointment at an Apple Store for testing. It's a free service.

  • Lets Go Flyers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I will follow up with a visit to the Apple Store.  Just so I know, did any of the terminal commands that you had me use change anything on my machine that I should change back?  Thanks again for all of your efforts!

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