Cannot backup to Time Machine

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  1. chainprayer macrumors 6502a

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    Hello! I have a Time Machine that is only used for me. I have never been able to create a backup on this device. It tells me that the backup volume could not be created. I have all the permissions properly set as well.

    I can use it for internet access and can even store files on the drive.
     
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Was it initialized using Leopard? If not, it might be missing a hidden file which tells Leopard the drive is available for Time Machine.

    (I assume it's not partitioned using MBR, and the volume is formatted HFS+ journaled.)
     
  3. chainprayer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. It's actually for my grandpa's computer. He got a new laptop and time capsule but we could never get it to back up.
     
  4. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    Does the computer have a name in Sharing preferences?
     
  5. chainprayer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, he has full access. He can even access the drive through finder and use it for storage as well.
     
  6. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Is he running the latest version of Leopard, or at least 10.5.2? Networked Time Machine backups weren't supported until that version.
     
  7. chainprayer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    All software and time capsule firmware are up to date :/ first thing i checked...
     
  8. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Going back to JediMaster's question. I believe you can mount and use the TC even without a computer name, so verify the box in System Preferences > Sharing is not empty ("Computer Name").

    Also, if you do have a name, make sure it doesn't contain any special characters.
     
  9. chainprayer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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