How To Tell If External Hard Drive Is Working?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by beeinformed, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. beeinformed macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    I'm trying to transfer my documents, applications & photos from my macbook air to my new macbook pro 2016 notebook and the external hard drive I have does not go beyond "preparing backup".

    Does this mean the hardrive is failing and/or it's some other issue?

    I would appreciate any feedback/advice on how to resolve this issue as I would like to back up my data. Thanks!
     
  2. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    "preparing backup" sounds like a Time Machine backup is being prepared for use.
     
  3. beeinformed thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Approximately,how long does it take to get beyond this stage?
     
  4. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    If it is the first Time Machine backup, depending on the size of the files being backed up and speed of hard drive, it could take a few moments to several +. It is best to be patient.
     

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