1 Reply Latest reply: Jun 3, 2013 8:44 PM by Pondini
Marcus Merritt Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)

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 (38,720 points)

    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.