1st Time Machine back up since Mavericks Update

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by M3GATR0N, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. M3GATR0N macrumors newbie

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    So the last time I backed up my mac book pro 13" 2010 was right before Mavericks was released. I was previously running snow leopard. I was reluctant to hook up my external hard drive because I was hearing stories of people's external HDD's being erased once they connected it to their computers after upgrading to Mavericks.

    Last night I wanted to back up all my files to the external hdd. When I pressed the time machine icon on top I got a PREPARING BACKUP message. This message was there for quite a while. It eventually started backing up but at a very slow pace. I then just stopped the back up because it was taking a long long time. What is causing this?
     
  2. mneblett macrumors 6502

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    Based on several posts here and on Apple's forums, and my own experience with a couple MBP's, there's nothing unusual in what you've described.

    The first Time Machine back-up after Mavericks can take a long time to start (20-30 mins. in some cases), and then it has to do the initial back up of the entire disk -- multiple 10's of GB's takes a long time (hours).

    Gigabit Ethernet can cut down the time as compared to 802.11n wireless, but it still can take hours.
     
  3. M3GATR0N thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think I made a terrible mistake in deleting my old time machine back ups from the external HDD.

    If I had kept those back ups on the hdd the back up would only be 40 gb.
    Now that I started over its at 198 gb.

    I left my computer on over night so far its been 7-8 hours and is now at 14.69 gb backed up.

    I didn't realize they changed the movement of the time machine icon on top of the screen. Before mavericks it would rotate now there's just a small triangle.
     
  4. disasterdrone macrumors 6502

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    Time Machine is totally unusable for me under Mavericks. I can only hope Apple fixes it in an update.
     
  5. mneblett macrumors 6502

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    Unusable in what sense?

    TM is working just as well for me under 10.9 as it was in 10.8 -- I'm not aware of anything that Apple needs to "fix."
     
  6. disasterdrone macrumors 6502

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    I'm glad it works for you, it's unusable for me - I posted a thread about my problems in the OSX thread. Please reply if you have any ideas.
     

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