Problems with Time Machine and Bootcamp, help!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by riklrask, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. riklrask macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2008
    ugh. ok so here's the deal:

    I just installed Leopard and everything seemed fine. I plugged in a new 500GB external hard drive and partitioned it into 2. the 350 GB was for backup (time machine) and the other 150 was for storage (movies, music, whatever)

    so time machine backs up to the one half and i move my videos and whatnot from my internal over to the other half. now a couple of hours later it informs me that it is "Unable to complete backup. An error occurred while creating the backup directory". i say "ok" and force a back up only to have it back up 2.2MB and then just stay there, stuck. i restarted my comp and tried again, and again - it has been stuck on 2.2 MB so i dont know what the problem is.
    *EDIT* ok so now i cancelled the backup and tried to start it over and it immediately goes to the " Unable to complete backup. An error occurred while creating the backup directory" so i dont know..

    Now as far as Boot Camp goes: I'm trying to partition 25GB of my internal HD to give over to XP and it tells me that i need to re format it into one single journaled hard drive first, and then put all my data i backed up back on before trying to bootcamp again (which im not about to do when Time Machine isn't even working, im not about to loose all my data) the thing is i have never partitioned before so it is a single hard drive, and i checked in disk utility and it says that is a "Mac OSX Extended (Journaled)" drive so what is the problem!?

    AND if i do need to reformat my internal (even though i shouldn't have to) will time machine (granted i get it working) put all my data back? or should i not rely on it for that?

    Ugh if you have ANY help to offer please, please do.

    So far not that happy with Leopard.
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    Unless I misread your post, you have no present problems with your computer aside from the backup issue, but are concerned about the possibility of causing damage. Is that right?

    Partitioning a drive usually goes off alright, but I wouldn't stake your data on the assumption. A backup is a good thing to have, so it's best to get that sorted first. Yes, once you have a complete backup, you will be able to restore any backup "snapshots" using your original install disks if your computer becomes damaged or even stolen.

    Unless you have any issues presently, I would suggest the first step would be to run a fresh format on the external drive partition that you're using for Time Machine. If it wasn't already, format it to HFS+ (Mac OS X Extended/Journaled).

    Once you've done the formatting, set Time Machine to update again and see if that goes alright. If it's still giving you grief, take two Advils and call us in the morning.

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