Help with backups.

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by countrykid333, May 18, 2008.

  1. countrykid333 macrumors member

    Feb 29, 2008
    now when ever i go to backup time machine it takes 30 mins. to "prepare back up"(it didn't take this long even the first time i did it) and has not successfully backed up in 3 days.
    so is this a hardware or software issue, I ran disk utility first aid and it said nothing is wrong.
    i would prefer that i am backed up, because my computer live a pretty rough life, and all of my papers on it.
    thanks for the help.
  2. pol0001 macrumors 6502


    Apr 15, 2008
    Have plugged your Time Machine Drive directly into your Mac or into a hub? I made the experience that it takes more time to back up large data changes, when my drive is connected to the hub.

    I had a similar problem once. Couldn't solve it with disk utility etc. I formated the Time Machine drive and it is working fine since then.
  3. moez macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2007
    Just let it do 'preparing for bckup' for a while... leave it on and eventually it would start backing up. IMO the next time would be faster.

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