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HT1338 Time Machine wont boot!

423 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Sep 14, 2013 11:46 PM by doroszi RSS
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Sep 12, 2013 9:14 PM

Time Machine wont boot although it still is backing up and works in the preferences. How can I fix this? Any ideas?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,710 points)
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    Sep 12, 2013 11:07 PM (in response to doroszi)

    How are you trying to boot from it, and what happens?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,710 points)
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    Sep 13, 2013 8:10 AM (in response to doroszi)

    Please try each of the steps below that you haven't already taken.

     

    Step 1

     

    From the menu bar, select

     

     ▹ System Preferences ▹ Time Machine

      

    and make sure that at least one backup destination is selected and available.

     

    Step 2

      

    If you're entering Time Machine from the Finder, make sure no Finder windows are open in other Desktop spaces in Mission Control. You must enter from a window open in the current space.

      

    Step 3

       

    If you're backing up to an external hard drive attached to your Mac, open the backup volume in the Finder. You should see a folder with the name "Backups.backupdb". If you instead see a file with a name ending in "sparsebundle," the backup was created over a network. You have to mount the backup volume manually when you want to restore from it by double-clicking the sparsebundle file.

      

    Step 4

      

    Select the "Backups.backupdb" folder and open the Info dialog. Either "staff" or "everyone" should have Read onlyaccess. If not, click the lock icon to unlock the access settings and make the necessary change. If you're not sure how to do that, consult the built-in help or ask.

     

    Step 5

      

    Triple-click anywhere in the line below on this page to select it, then copy the text to the Clipboard (command-C):

    ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

    In the Finder, select

    Go Go to Folder...

      

    from the menu bar, paste into the box that opens (command-V) and press return.

     

    A folder will open with a file selected. Move the selected file to the Desktop, leaving the folder open for now.

     

    Relaunch the Finder by selecting  Force Quit from the menu bar, then selecting Finder and pressing return. Your Finder settings will be lost.

     

    Try again to enter Time Machine. If you still can't, put back the file you moved to the Desktop, replacing the newer one that will have been created in its place.

     

    Otherwise, close the folder you opened and delete the file you moved to the Desktop. Recreate your Finder preferences.

     

    Step 6

     

    Do as in Step 5, but with this line:  

    /Library/Preferences/com.apple.TimeMachine.plist

     

    This time you may be prompted for your administrator password. Reboot, recreate your settings in the Time Machine preference pane, and run a backup to test.

     

    Step 7

     

    Launch Disk Utility and select the icon of the backup drive in the pane on the left (not any of the volume icons below it.) At the bottom of the window, you should see this:

     

    Partition Map Scheme : GUID Partition Table

     

    If the partition scheme is anything else, the drive has to be repartitioned (with the loss of all data.)

     

    Step 8

     

    Skip this step if you're backing up to a network device, such as a Time Capsule.

     

    Boot in safe mode. Try again to enter Time Machine.

     

    Note: If FileVault is enabled on some models, or if a firmware password is set, or if the boot volume is a software RAID, you can’t boot in safe mode.

     

    Step 9

     

    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.

     

    Click the Clear Display icon in the toolbar. Try again to enter Time Machine. Select any messages that appear in the Console window. Copy them to the Clipboard (command-C). Paste into a reply to this message (command-V).

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,710 points)
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    Sep 13, 2013 7:02 PM (in response to doroszi)

    If you're viewing this page in a third-party web browser, please load it in Safari and try again. Otherwise, open the Library folder in your home folder by holding down the option key and selecting

    Go Library

    from the Finder menu bar. Navigate in the usual way to the folder indicated above.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,710 points)
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    Sep 14, 2013 8:23 PM (in response to doroszi)

    I don't completely understand your reply, but try the following. Back up all data before making any changes.

    Triple-click anywhere in the line below on this page to select it, then copy the text to the Clipboard (command-C):

    /Library

    In the Finder, select

    Go Go to Folder...

    from the menu bar, paste into the box that opens (command-V), and press return. A folder will open. From that folder, delete the items listed below (some may be absent.) You may be prompted for your administrator login password.

    • Application Support/SIMBL
    • InputManagers/SIMBL
    • LaunchAgents/net.culater.SIMBL.Agent.plist
    • ScriptingAdditions/SIMBL.osax
    Log out and log back in.

    Make sure you never reinstall SIMBL. It’s likely to come bundled with another third-party system modfication that depends on it. If you want trouble-free computing, avoid software that makes miraculous changes to other software, especially built-in applications. The only real exception to that rule is Safari extensions, which are mostly safe, and are easy to get rid of when they don’t work. SIMBL and its dependents are not Safari extensions.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,710 points)
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    Sep 14, 2013 10:49 PM (in response to doroszi)

    I think you have a sparsebundle on the backup volume instead of a folder. In that case, you have to mount the sparsebundle before you enter Time Machine, as I wrote in my first message.

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