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Old Jan 13, 2013, 07:33 PM   #1
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Mac: how to check when external hard drive last backed up?

Someone not long ago checked via some navigation on my MacBook Pro and discovered that all the Time Machine backups I thought I'd done hadn't worked, and that the last backup was months ago.

Now I've reformatted the drive, and can't figure out where I go to check when the last external hard drive backup actually was.

Tried Google and forum search without success. Anyone help?
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 08:23 PM   #2
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The simplest thing that comes to mind is to enter Time Machine and see what's the last date to appear along its timeline (side of screen).

Whatever it was that someone did when they "checked via some navigation", you could do that again. You may have to ask whoever did it before, and have them tell you what they did. I have no idea what that might be, unless I just guess.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 08:41 PM   #3
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Time Machine seems not to be working?

When I click on Time Machine, I just get a space-image with multiple Finder windows on top of one another.
I don't get anything that actually lets me select anything.

I think it used to really clearly just give me an option of backing up.

Can anyone tell me how to fix it?
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When I click the TM icon in the menu bar it tells me when the last backup to my external drive is. This is on ML, what OS are you on?
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 12:41 PM   #5
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When I click on Time Machine, I just get a space-image with multiple Finder windows on top of one another.
I don't get anything that actually lets me select anything.

I think it used to really clearly just give me an option of backing up.

Can anyone tell me how to fix it?
You should see this when you click the TM icon in the menu bar.

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