Have to keep selecting Time Machine drive

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by UFGatorMel, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. UFGatorMel macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2012
    Ever since the update to Mavericks my MacBook Pro does not recognize my external hard drive as the Time Machine drive whenever I connect it. I always have to go in and select the disk.

    I do not have this same problem on my husband's iMac, it recognizes it with no problem.

    Any idea why this is going on? I tried internet searches and came up with nothing or maybe I'm just not understanding what I am reading. :D
  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    When you external drive is this drive connected to your Mac (or network) or are you and you husband using the same Mac with two different accounts?
  3. UFGatorMel thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2012
    We each have our own Mac. He has an iMac and I have a Macbook Pro. The External Hard Drive is not connected to the network. I physically connect it to each Mac to do backups. When I connect it to his iMac the drive is recognized as the Time Machine drive. When I connect it to my Macbook the drive is mounted but is not recognized as the Time Machine drive until I go into Time Machine and select it.

    I did not have this issue until Mavericks. Until then the external hard drive was recognized as the Time Machine drive on both the iMac and my MacBook.
  4. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here
    The Library / Preferences / com.apple.TimeMachine.plist file might be corrupted.

    I would test with a new one.
  5. quickie14 macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2012
    This happens to my MBP, but only until Time Machine runs. Which only happens when the power is connected on my MBP.

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