Skip navigation

TM Backup Delayed alert

221 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Jun 3, 2013 8:44 PM by Pondini RSS
Marcus Merritt Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
Currently Being Moderated
Jun 3, 2013 8:45 AM

Seems like any time I back up, like just a few minutes ago, I later get an alert when I click on the TM icon that my last backup was delayed or incomplete. However, I almost never abort a backup. I have my TM backups on an external 1T drive and, when I plug in and start the drive, TM will automatically start backing up. The backup completed a few minutes ago was about 2.13 gigs of files and the progress window indicated that the backup was completed. I don't think I have TM scheduled to backup at specific times, only when I plug in the external drive. What's the problem?? Thanks.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jun 3, 2013 8:44 PM (in response to Marcus Merritt)

    Time Machine backs up hourly, if your Mac is awake and the destination is available.   Let it.  If the destination isn't available, it can't back up, so it will say "delayed."


    Leave the backup drive on and connected to your iMac.  That's how it's designed to work, and will protect you best.


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.