How long does your Time Machine "prepare?"

Discussion in 'macOS' started by millerrh, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. millerrh macrumors 6502

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    Sep 14, 2005
    #1
    So I noticed that time machine was running and wanted to check how quick the process goes once you do your initial backup.

    I went to Time Machine in Sys Prefs and checked out the progress bar. It's been on "Preparing" for at least a half hour now...doesn't sound right to me.

    Is that normal?
     
  2. pilotError macrumors 68020

    pilotError

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    Apr 12, 2006
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    Long Island
    #2
    It happens...

    I noticed the first few times that it had a long prepare time. Now that I've got it working smoothly, I don't even notice it running.

    Try removing the Browser cache directory and any other cache type directory (firefox, camino, etc. ) so your not backing up garbage. It helps when you don't have so many new files that TM has to index and backup.
     
  3. kflook macrumors member

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    Gettysburg, PA
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    My initial backup took 20 hours. Now that that is (finally) over with, it only takes a minute or two.
     

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