Slow back-up Time Machine to external hard disk?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Gaven, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. Gaven macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2011
    Anyone experiencing slow back-up time machine to external hard disk? 90GB and I'm seeing 15 hours....

    I have searched through many websites links, and can't seem to find a solution..
  2. joshlalonde macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2014
    Try with a different external hard disk. It could be the disk itself.
    I have not been experiencing slow backup times.
  3. ObsidianIce macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2004
    Seventh Circle of Hell
    It's probably de to the indexing. You can turn it off through terminal or just let the machine take it's sweet time.
  4. Gaven thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2011
    Thank you for your input. So I will turn it off before I do the backup, and turn it back on once I'm done
  5. Hacks macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2015
    What is indexing? Should it be off all the time?
  6. AppleFan22 macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2014
    If this is your first back up, you'll need to let it do its business. You may have a lot of stuff on your MacBook, which all needs to be copied over, and blah blah blah. However, you may want to go into Disk Utility and see if maybe there is something that you can do to the disk; it may need a little bit of TLC.
  7. Gaven thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2011
    Hi Applefan22,

    Thank you for your input.

    No it's not the first time, the first time took about 3 hours and I let it run.

    I do a backup about 4 months once. So I'm really wondering how to speed up the back up to my external hard disk. I googled for solutions, regarding the "mdworker" issue I don't see it on my MacBook so yeah.
  8. AppleFan22 macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2014
    I suppose one thing you could do is completely Erase it, and start again, that may work... But then you may lose some data
  9. grahamperrin macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007
    Console system log queries

    Console is our friend.

    Create a system log query, like in the attached screenshot. It'll help to focus on Time Machine-related messages.

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