Mavericks, Time Machine and the Notification Center

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by Milquetoast, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. Milquetoast macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2008
    I run Time Machine with multiple backup disks - one always mounted, and a few more (on an Airport Extreme) rotated where at least one is always off-site.

    With Mountain Lion, I would get a daily alert that "backup foo hasn't been successfully backed up in 'n' days". With two offsite backups, I would get two such alerts per day - one for each. Annoying, but not too bad.

    With Mavericks, each and every single attempt (i.e., every hour or two) to back up to one of these off-site drives results in an alert in the Notification Center. And it doesn't even note which set failed or when (without going to the TM preferences, and then it only gives you the last successful date, not the Backup Disk name). And... it usually ends up that my Time Machine menu icon is usually the "alert" one.

    This is really annoying, and (in my case) makes the notification feature pretty useless regarding real failures.

    • I can't modify the Time Machine notification settings at all (on either the Time Machine or Notifications side). They just don't appear anywhere.
    • I can't temporarily disable a Backup Disk. There is no feature to do that.
    • I don't think that I'm willing to remove an offsite Backup Disk from Time Machine's list.
      • It may compromise data restores, and
      • at the minimum I think it'll cause massive disruption when the rotating backup returns and is reconnected.

    So how do we complain to Apple about this "over-reach"? Or am I all wet trying to do off-site backups with Time Machine?
  2. whsbuss macrumors 68040


    May 4, 2010
    SE Penna.
    Sending feedback to apple at
  3. SongSeeker, Nov 1, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2013

    SongSeeker macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2004
    You're not alone... I do basically the same thing. It works great, except for the annoying notifications.

    I'd be happy to temporarily disable a backup volume in the Time Machine Preference pane, but it would be great to be able to modify how often I get the messages... they could be a good reminder to rotate drives – if they weren't so often that I simply ignore them.

    If everyone wishing for these options sends Apple feedback, it could happen in a future update. It could also be that they simply haven't decided how they want to do it, and our feedback could help them decide.
  4. ataractic macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2008
    I'm also seeing the annoying "[Offsite backup] disk has not been updated for ___ days".

    Please, everyone who is annoyed by these notifications, go to and leave feedback asking them to allow us to set notification preferences for Time Machine.

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