Issues with Time Machine

Discussion in 'macOS' started by brettuk, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. brettuk macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2009
    Hi All,

    I bought a Time Capsule in January 2010, and i've had backups since then.

    Time Machine's interface has pretty much always been laggy as hell, but I've always put that down to using it over wifi, perhaps that was a wrong assumption.

    Anyway, I went to open a folder in a virtual machine which resides in my mac's documents folder, and it wasn't there. Sure enough this folder wasn't in my documents folder, so I thought i'd restore it from time machine. Time machine shows every segment as a pink fully coloured one (signalling theres a backup there) for a few secs, before most of them turn into a pale pink. Looking into the issue further, it seems as though I don't have permission to access the documents folder on a lot of backups, by looking at the users/brett/ folders on them (which i do have access to).

    I have gone through two MBPs with the same backup set, and a number of hard drives (the latest being a SSD I put in yesterday, and the migration assistant restore from time machine worked without skipping a beat - never had a problem doing full restores or migrations, just using the interface)

    Obviously the easiest thing to do would be to start afresh, but I'd rather not as I'd lose 2 years worth of backups, and who's to say this wouldn't just happen again in the future? Could this be why the interface is so slow too?

    Thanks guys :)
  2. maestro1957 macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2012
    Why won't time machine back up when the external HD is full?

    I hope someone can help with this. I've used an external HD with time machine and it's always worked fine. Now that the ext HD is almost full (4.8GB of 500 remaining) time machine does not back up when I ask it to. It begins the process of searching through files but then just stops. It's supposed to automatically delete the oldest back-ups to create space, but that doesn't seem to be happening. I read something about deleting old back ups manually "through finder" but I don't really see how that's to be done. Can anyone help?

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