Mac: how to check when external hard drive last backed up?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by playethic, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. playethic macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Someone not long ago checked via some navigation on my MacBook Pro and discovered that all the Time Machine backups I thought I'd done hadn't worked, and that the last backup was months ago.

    Now I've reformatted the drive, and can't figure out where I go to check when the last external hard drive backup actually was.

    Tried Google and forum search without success. Anyone help?
  2. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    The simplest thing that comes to mind is to enter Time Machine and see what's the last date to appear along its timeline (side of screen).

    Whatever it was that someone did when they "checked via some navigation", you could do that again. You may have to ask whoever did it before, and have them tell you what they did. I have no idea what that might be, unless I just guess.
  3. playethic thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Time Machine seems not to be working?

    When I click on Time Machine, I just get a space-image with multiple Finder windows on top of one another.
    I don't get anything that actually lets me select anything.

    I think it used to really clearly just give me an option of backing up.

    Can anyone tell me how to fix it?
  4. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    When I click the TM icon in the menu bar it tells me when the last backup to my external drive is. This is on ML, what OS are you on?
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You should see this when you click the TM icon in the menu bar.


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