3 Replies Latest reply: May 5, 2012 10:25 PM by LaPastenague
Martin Gene Level 1 Level 1

I'm getting the following error when trying to backup to my iMac to my Time Machine, and I think it might be related to the MacBook I purchased yesterday and connected it to the same Time Machine.


The backup disk image “/Volumes/Data-1/Martin’s iMac.sparsebundle” is already in use.


Any suggestions on how to determine the problem and resolution?



  • LaPastenague Level 9 Level 9

    A computer is holding open a connection which is stopping other computers from working.. or you have loaded the sparse bundle in finder and it is not being unmounted.


    Go to the airport utility.. (5.6 if Lion) and manual setup.. disks page.. disconnect all users.. you will then be able to use the device.


    I am assuming Time Machine means Time Capsule.. it is a common mistake.


    There are a number of other issues that cause the problem but that is the most common.


    Some more info here.



  • Martin Gene Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for your help, and sorry for the mistake about Time Machine. As you can tell, I'm new at this. I have Mac OS X 10.7.3 and Airport Utility 6. I believe the OS is Lion, so I'm up to date on everything. However, when I open Airport Utility, I don't see the disk icon that is shown in the article you provided.

  • LaPastenague Level 9 Level 9

    As I said you need to GET 5.6 utility.. the v6 utility in Lion has no disk interaction section.. how Apple how can you setup TC without disks.. ???


    Google is always your friend btw... just look up ..


    but here is the link.. http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1482


    Download and install 5.6 utility and then you will have disk.