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thebunnys Level 1 (0 points)

I have recently purchased a seagate 1.5TB external hard drive in order to back up my MBP from late 2011.


I have opened time machine and formatted the external hard drive with the disk utility to Mac OSX (journaled).


However after all this time machine, even after several attempts just keeps freezing at certain points of backup, such as the most recent it just froze backing up at 5 GB.



MacBook Pro
  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 (29,995 points)

    Sounds as if you've done all the right things - the disk is properly formatted and you can mount it and select it as your TM drive? I've no idea why it wouldn't be working. Is it a USB drive? I use Hitachi G-Drives on Firewire 800 and have no problems with my TM backups. Sometimes those USB 3.0 drives that promise - and should have - USB 2.0 'backward compatibility' seem to have a problem.


    Try heading over to the Great Pondoni's site which has a whole range of FAQs about Time Machine - If you can't find an answer there I would try the drive using FW800 if it's available or purchasing a drive with FW800 capabilities. I've not had a problem out of my G-Drives (purchased from Amazon) but have read of several people having problems with USB drives for some reason. Why? I have no idea - Seagate makes good drives and the most problematic drives seem to be Western Digital.


    Of course, it may not be your drive at all. I'm not there to see the problem and I'm only speculating...



  • a_muer Level 1 (20 points)

    Hi thebunnys.


    How did you format the external hard drive to Mac OS extended (Journaled)

    Did you do it through the erase tab or the parition tab of disk utility?

    Also, have you tried verifiying your internal hard drive using disk utility?

    At this point, it can either be how the external hard drive was formatted or some file/folder on the internal hard drive is stopping the backup.


    Hope to hear from you.

  • thebunnys Level 1 (0 points)

    i formatted it through partition tab.


    What should i do you reckon?

  • thebunnys Level 1 (0 points)

    tried again and it froze at 15GB

  • a_muer Level 1 (20 points)

    Since it was done to using the partion tab, switch to the erase tab and select the external hard drive's parition for the Time machine backup. For the security option, select zero out. That would be the second marker from the left.


    Before you do that, have you done the verify disk option for your internal hard drive (Macintosh HD)?

  • thebunnys Level 1 (0 points)

    no i have not verified my disk option.


    Also it comes up under the partition hard drive i made saying to repair, will that do anythin?

  • thebunnys Level 1 (0 points)

    I have verified my internal hard drive and it said it was ok.


    I made a new partition so should i put the security at zero out and try again??

  • a_muer Level 1 (20 points)

    It could do the trick. At this point, I advise to refrain from trying to continue the backup again. If the repair wasn't successful, then it would be good to re-format the external hard drive then start over. Please let me know if there are any error messages.

  • thebunnys Level 1 (0 points)

    i have tried those things which you told me.


    SHould i try back up again or reformat

  • a_muer Level 1 (20 points)

    If this is your first backup then a reformat is fine. Reformat the external hard drive for your Time Machine backup then start over. Good Luck!

  • thebunnys Level 1 (0 points)

    could u please explan how to do that?


    THank you

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 (29,995 points)

    Just go ahead and use Disk Utility to format the drive as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" - if it's a new drive, there's really no need to zero out the drive; just click on the "Erase" button. Then try setting up the drive as your Time Machine backup again and try backing up your internal drive.


    Is that what you're trying to do?



  • a_muer Level 1 (20 points)

    1) Go to disk utility and click the partition of the external hard drive. That's the one that's indented right below th ename of the external hard drive.

    2) go to the erase tab then on the lower left side of the window, click security options.

    3) Since the operating system is 10.7, the options would be presented as a line with 4 divisions with fastest on the leftmost part. Adjust the marker so that it is on the 2nd "division" of the bar. It would decribe the option as writing a "single pass of zeros"


    Clinton, I advised the zero out since the existing Time Machine backup on the external drive may be corrupted. I believe that it is thebunnys' initial backup so it wouldn't hurt to zero out the external drive just to be safe.



  • thebunnys Level 1 (0 points)

    t still freezes is there anything else i can do?

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