3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 26, 2013 2:43 PM by GH
GH Level 2 Level 2 (390 points)

using version 10.8.2 and notice that Time Machine is taking at this point 20minutes plus to copy 8.4mb according to its window.


Should it take so long?



  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (121,185 points)

    Hi GH,


    Seems too slow, but TM is a hog in my opinion.


    Open Activity Monitor, Show:>All Processes, sort on CPU%, see if anything using too much CPU% when this happens, click on Memory tab, do you have many Pageouts?


    Open Console in Applications>Utilities & see if there are any clues or repeating messages when this happens.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (177,670 points)

    If you have more than one user account, these instructions must be carried out as an administrator.

    Launch the Console application in any of the following ways:

    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)

    ☞ In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.

    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Console in the icon grid.

    Make sure the title of the Console window is All Messages. If it isn't, select All Messages from the SYSTEM LOG QUERIES menu on the left. If you don't see that menu, select

    View Show Log List

    from the menu bar.


    Enter the word "Starting" (without the quotes) in the String Matching text field. You should now see log messages with the words "Starting * backup," where * represents any of the words "automatic," "manual," or "standard." Note the timestamp of the last such message. Clear the text field and scroll back in the log to that time. Select the messages timestamped from then until the end of the backup, or the end of the log if that's not clear. Copy them (command-C) to the Clipboard. Paste (command-V) into a reply to this message.

    If there are runs of repeated messages, post only one example of each. Don't post many repetitions of the same message.

    When posting a log extract, be selective. Don't post more than is requested.

    Please do not indiscriminately dump thousands of lines from the log into this discussion.


    Some personal information, such as the names of your files, may be included — anonymize before posting.

  • GH Level 2 Level 2 (390 points)

    thanks to you both!