2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 12, 2012 3:59 PM by topcop1
topcop1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

Just went to the apple Store because my MacBook Pro is experiencing problems like running slow, making IPhoto slide shows act stranglely.

 

anyway, the tech thinks there may be an HD problem and he recommends replacing.  Of course they suggest a full backup before they do that.  I have Mozy but when he checked my Time Machine he noted that there has been no backup since January.

 

I notice the Clock ;ike Icon running all the time but when I checked Time Machine Preferences it just keeps indicating preparing backup as shown here, and does not seem to back up.  Also the Available: 31 MB of 319.94 stays the same.   I tried going back in time and it only goes back to July 6

 

Any suggestions?


MAC OS.X
  • 1. Re: I don't think my Time Machine is working properly
    cathy fasano Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)

    That your mac is not backed up should be your highest priority -- I would go buy a disk and use Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper to make a clone of your disk.  In fact, if you are going to replace the disk, that is the simplest/fastest/safest way to do it -- buy a new disk in an enclosure, clone the old disk on to it, then swap the disks.

     

    Once you have your data backed up, you can work on getting your machine to function better, and your Time Machine to work.  Until then, though, you are definitely flying without a net!

     

    If it turns out to be some other problem, and the old disk is and was always fine, you don't have to feel like you wasted the money.  You would going forward have a handy spare disk in an enclosure that you can use to clone your system every month or so, independent of your Time Machine backups.

  • 2. Re: I don't think my Time Machine is working properly
    topcop1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks for the advice Cathy...however, I have a full Mozy Backup.

     

    and, as I am looking at Time Machine it has everything up-to-date from early today. The problem seems to be that it is full and has not recycled.  IEarlier today I could go back to July 6, now it is earlioer today.

     

    Any ideas of how I can clear out Time Machine and start again?