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  • PlotinusVeritas Level 6 (14,725 points)

    That's to be expected on a whole new OS with a time machine update after install


    Others here wouldnt recommend it, but on a new OS install, since I have a giant pile of HD, ...i just grab another HD and create a new fresh Time Machine backup


    after its complete, I take the original HD with the OLD backup and format/erase it.



    Im a tad too lazy to wait, as you yourself mentioned,  1 hour for TM just to PREPARE to backup. Nope, no,...not gonna do it.



    I updated 4 Macs to Mavericks and id rather make a wholly NEW Time Machine backup on another HD and erase the original.


    Since I keep about 12+ redundant archives of my important data, I have no worry on earth of ever losing data.

  • PlotinusVeritas Level 6 (14,725 points)

    If you have spare HD laying around, make a fresh time machine backup, ....goes fast,  problem solved




    And yes after installing mavericks on 4 diff Macs I know about the "only backed up 7kb in 30 mins."  'Situation'




    Different HD and new complete time machine backup eliminated the long wait

  • Philippe Mingasson Level 1 (75 points)

    OK I ended up reformating the HD connected to my NAS for Time machine and started a new backup and it seems to be going OK. It's starting to back up 315Gb of data through thunderbolt with peaks at 30Mb/s.

  • blackxacto Level 1 (85 points)

    Installed Mavericks yesterday late on my 27"iMac/12GB RAM/Mavericks/ComcastConnection. The icon for my Backup drive did not change to the Time Machine icon as it was in Mountain Lion. Decided to simply wipe the backup drive, reformat, and start Mavericks w a new backup this morning. I am backing up appx. 300GB data. Backup drive is connected via firewire. My backup is going verrrryyyy slowwwwlllyyy as well. Looks like about .03 GB per sec or it will take 2.75 hours to back up 300 GB. Doesn't normally take that long to copy GB's of data. Maybe I forget.

  • stdenney Level 1 (0 points)

    OK, so maybe I just needed to be a little more patient. As others have reported, the first backup after the Mavericks install or upgrade will be much slower than expected, since it's a new OS. And the first hour or so will be EXCRUCIATINGLY slow with very little actual data transferred, to the point where you may think it's better to abort and try something (anything) else. Just let it run. My initial backup (170GB) took about 8 hours over WiFi, but sped up transfer rates significantly towards the end. Subsequent backups are running as quickly as they seemed to with ML. Next time I'll remember to kick off the initial backup, have another cold Martini, and go do something else. HTH.

  • blackxacto Level 1 (85 points)

    3 hours into the initial backup and only 150GB of 300GB has been copied by Mavericks Time Machine. Guess my earlier estimate is incorrect.

  • BobElliot Level 1 (0 points)

    For the first time ever Time Machine is actually working well for me after Mavericks upgrade. I'm using a WD Mybook live that was always slow under Mountain Lion. For 3 days now, it works as I would expect under Mavericks.

  • blackxacto Level 1 (85 points)

    Backup finished after 4.5 hours for 300GB.

  • MajorIP4 Level 1 (20 points)

    BobElliot wrote:


    For the first time ever Time Machine is actually working well for me after Mavericks upgrade. I'm using a WD Mybook live that was always slow under Mountain Lion. For 3 days now, it works as I would expect under Mavericks.

    Same here. Even wireless backup is faster. However I did delete my previous backups and created a new Mavericks backup on MBL.

  • fletcho Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem here.


    Trying to restore to Mavericks from a Time Machine backup made with Mountain Lion.


    Did a clean install of Mavericks yesterday but it takes literally 15 minutes for Time Machine to read the contents of my USB3 backup drive. The actual restores take place at full speed once they're going but for a while I was concerned that my backup drive was dead.


    I will likely erase this backup volume and start again, once I've managed to restore it of course..

  • Protagonist Level 1 (30 points)

    I did a new TM backup on a different drive from the ML backup so I had about 330gb to backup. My experience was that it was very slow initially. After about 3 hours I was only a few % done. After 5 hours it was about 10% done. 8 hours showed about 30% done. 12 hours was about 65% done. When I got up this morning it showed the first backup was finished at over 16 hours of running. All subsequent backups have beed running quickly. So it looks like that first backup is going to be slow even if you just append it to your former backup. It is still going to be a rather large backup.


    I should add that my backup drives are connected via FW800 so if I had been  using USB2 it might have taken several days. Just let it do its thing and then see how the backups run after that.

  • fletcho Level 1 (0 points)

    Actually scratch my first comment. Time machine simply won't open the backup anymore. Have had to resort to manual restores from the filesystem on the drive. Just browsing it in finder.


    Bit of a *******!

  • Mike Kenyon Level 1 (5 points)

    I'm having exactly the same problem - incrediably slow.  No end in sight..

  • Marko566 Level 1 (5 points)

    I have also exact the same issue. My Backup is verly slowly. How can i fix it?

  • Mike Kenyon Level 1 (5 points)

    Ok, I did some messing around last night and I think I might have found something.  I left the Time Machine Preferences window open so I could see the transfer rate.  For reference I am transferring to a NAS over Ethernet.


    As I reported here earlier it was going very slowly (e.g. 6kb in 30mins)  However when I stopped using my computer and watched - it picked up speed.  I then used my computer (surfed the internet nothing heavy) it slowed down again.   I have a Macbook 2011 Air but it runs respectfully fast and my Time Machine backups on Mountain Lion were fast. 


    Therefore I'm thinking that if you start using your machine it slows down, maybe becuase it thinks your changing files, power saving on mains???  After I left it it got back up to normal speed quite quickly and then completed the full backup in what I would call a sensible time. 


    Just my findings and won't help everybody...

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