how long does time machine "cleaning up old backups" take?!?!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by eroxx, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. eroxx macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    It's been 2+ hours .... I brought my computer to apple and they had to reformat the 2TB harddrive, which is now a different name. So I get that it needs to upload all of that again, but I don't understand why time machine says "cleaning up old backups" for hours and hours ... ?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I'd recommend some patience. It can take some time.
  3. eroxx thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    Thanks ... I'm frustrated that Apple reformatted the second internal drive so that it's now named "Macintosh HD 2 1" When I try to rename it without the 1, the one just appears anyway. But bizarrly, in the finder, it appears as "Macintosh HD 2." So who knows ...
  4. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    To fix that issue (after the process is done), disconnect the drive, open Terminal, and run the following commands:
    cd /Volumes
    If you see in the displayed list more drives than are actually attached, they are "stuck" drives that have become folders and just need to be deleted. If you are absolutely sure that a specific folder isn't an actual drive, you can run the following to remove it (after the above commands):

    sudo rm -rf [I]notARealDrive[/I]
    Once you have run this, you can reattach your drive and it should go back to the name without the 1.
  5. eroxx thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    Wow I wish I'd asked earlier ... I spent a good number of hours pointing a lot of my apps to the "new" drive's data. Gar.

    Thanks so much, however. I will keep this handy!
  6. trustever macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2013
    Same problem here of the original poster, my TM is taking more than 2 hours to "clean the old backups" but in my case the HD that as been backup is only 256GB... Not 2 TB, is this normal? Is there anyway I can guess how long will it still take?

    Thanks for your reply...
  7. trustever macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2013
    For who is curious my TM is now doing some backup works, it does says 70 of 120 GB... It has been on all the time since this morning..

    I went for a walk and got back home with the hope it would have long finished but I was wrong...


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