Happy/unhappy users of Time Machine please post

Discussion in 'macOS' started by TheNorthWaves, Nov 26, 2007.


Time Machine: Working well, or not so swell?

  1. Working appropriately

    54 vote(s)
  2. Minor problems, can be/have been solved

    11 vote(s)
  3. Major problems, affect the usage of it

    9 vote(s)
  1. TheNorthWaves macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2007
    I was wondering what problems there currently are with Time Machine. Whether you have had problems or not, please take a moment to post your basic impressions of Time Machine and list your hardware/software/hdd. (That means those of you who happily use Time Machine, please chime in as well!) Perhaps we can begin to notice some patterns among problematic systems.
  2. adamfishercox macrumors 6502

    Aug 15, 2007
    No problems at all!

    iMac 2 Ghz Core Duo 10.5.1, 320 GB Ext. HDD
  3. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    I guess it seems to work and works without me noticing it. I have only recovered 1 file and that was to make sure it was working.

    I am quite upset that not only is there no air disk support, but no support for NAS at all. This really limits what I can do with Time Machine. I hope in a future version Apple will add this. I mean from what I hear it was in the betas.
  4. pilotError macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2006
    Long Island
    I have mine running with a ReadyNAS NV+ for the last Month.

    It was a bit of a challenge to get it all set up, but it works great. Only real issue left is that I have to "Browse other Time Machine Disks" when I want to go back in time.

    I've restored a few different files from various points in time just to see the thing work. Its a little slow over wireless, but it does work.

    They really need to work on a few features, mainly NAS / Airdisk support and the ability to move the TM libraries around, without having to name everything the same as the initial partition you created.
  5. Rogier macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2004
    Time machine does not back up automatically anymore, despite having switched it on. On the times it says it will backup it doesn't; it only changes the time of the next planned backup to one hour later. Manual backups do work however
  6. FBDiver macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2006
    Pacific NW, USA
    Intel iMac and Buffalo Networks Linkstation

    Cannot get Time Machine to work with posted work-arounds. Basically anytime the system goes to sleep or to screen saver it hoses the TM backup as well as the server connection to the Linkstation.

    I would love to see Apple add support for NAS's as well as more control over scheduling.
  7. Me1000 macrumors 68000


    Jul 15, 2006
    Well since I cant use Time Machine, as I have a NAS drive and I am on a macbook. I cant say I am a user, therefor cannot vote!
  8. THX1139 macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2006
    For me, TM has been running fine with the exception of hogging resources when it's backing up. Not a big deal unless you are rendering video and TM kicks in and steals 60% of the CPU. What I wanted was more control over how and when it does backups. I think hourly is over-kill and wanted to set it up to create a new backup every 12 hours instead. I managed to do that with a script, automator and iCal. Now I'm happy.
  9. mike12806 macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2007
    Boston, MA
    works great on my iMac c2d with a USB drive. Yet to set it up with my MacBook, but both systems have leopard so I should be able to do a network backup on a new iMac partition.
  10. mike12806 macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2007
    Boston, MA
    what are ur mac's specs?
  11. pilotError macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2006
    Long Island
    I haven't had those issues with mine. I did turn off sleep when I did the initial backup (took 3 days over wireless G), but I turned it back on and I haven't had an issue.

    I didn't care for the scheduling either, but it hasn't affected me. Then again, its my home computer. I guess it would suck if it kept kicking in while I was working.

    As far as space, doesn't it roll up the hourly changes into daily / weekly then monthly changes?
  12. desenso macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2005
    It took me a half dozen tries to get the initial backup done. It would constantly stall out.

    Now it works well most of the time. Some backups still seem to totally stall out and the computer stops backing up for a few hours, but for the most part it's a nice system that you don't have to worry about.
  13. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Except for one minor problem on my iMac G5 that caused Time Machine not to back anything up at first, it works perfectly. It even saved my data when I had to reinstall/reformat due to a Boot Camp partitioning issue.:D
  14. THX1139 macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2006
    MacPro 2.66 with X1900 and 6GB Ram. Strange that TM would slow that machine down! But in fairness, it's only when it has to backup a lot of data. If I didn't get much work done, the backup takes less time and isn't as noticeable.
  15. yudilks macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2006
    TM works like a charm.... Never slow my MBP down (I don't usually know that TM is backing something)...
  16. mike12806 macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2007
    Boston, MA
    Are you using a USB or FireWire drive? I have two USB hds, a scanner/printer, eyetv hybrid, and my iPhone connected via USB, and I think this slows my backups considerably sometime.
  17. petecook53 macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2008
    bristol uk
    time machine and buffalo linkstation - any ideas

    can't get linkstation to work with time machine - leopard. Any suggestions as to how to get around this?
  18. georgeoommen macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2007
    TM with another mac running leopard?

    I have an MBP and recently got a mini to hook up to my HDTV. I figured I could avoid getting a Time Capsule as TM can backup to usb hdds connected to the mini. However this does not seem to work for me. The hourly backups just don't happen. I'm not sure if this is a problem that started after 10.5.2 or if it was there before as I started to try this only after 10.5.2 came out.

    However, if i manually kick TM to start backing up, it does so fine. The problem seems to be that after a TM backup, TM unmounts the drive and closes the connection. So the next time it has to do a backup, when TM checks it can't find the drive connected as it has been unmounted. And so refuses to backup. Even when doing a manual backup, I have to first make sure that through finder, I go andmount the HDD using file sharing and only then will TM see the drive and backup to it?

    Has anyone else noticed this? Am I doing something wrong?

    Previously I had TM backing up to my Maxtor NAS. This was working perfectly until the disk filled up and TM recursively deleted all my backups. TM can't adjust the size of the sparse bundle file even after deleting a backup. So if the disk fills up, TM goes crazy and deletes all my backups.. Is there a workaround to this that anyone know of?
  19. joefinan macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2007
    Kingston-Upon-Thames, UK
    SOOOOO slow - it was taking up to two days to do the 1st back-up to my USB2 drive, so I bought a FW800 drive - not much better.

    And I did a full OS re-install and used Time Machine to get the info back on - half of it wasn't there (emails and iCal events to name but two). Thankfully I did a manual back-up too.

    Now, I don't use TM.
  20. choreo macrumors regular


    Jan 10, 2008
    Midland, TX
    Works fine - "looks" bad.

    For some reason in both 10.5.1. & 10.5.2 (using Combo Updater) on my new Mac Pro (early 2008) TM is just missing the colored Vortex background image and animation? I just get a blank white background behind the windows going back in time. TM works fine in my machine - just "looks" blah.

    AppleCare had no answers as to why or how to fix it after an hour mostly on hold?
  21. Lertie32 macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2005
    Time Machine errors

    The damn thing hasn't backed up successfully ONCE.

    I'm NOT impressed... especially since this is supposedly one of the "great features" of Leopard.

  22. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    Very happy .. :) Time machine has come to my rescue twice !!!
  23. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    Didn't notice until a few days ago--majorly happy now that I really needed it!
  24. Coolnat2004 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    PowerBook G4, LaCie Firewire Drive, no problems. However, I haven't had to restore anything..
  25. redshift20 macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2006
    It seems to work ok for me.. then again, I've never tried to restore anything. At any rate, it doesn't bog my system down when it's doing it's thing.

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