Strange Time Machine Problem

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mrat93, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. mrat93 macrumors 65816

    mrat93

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    I've been using the same 500gb external drive since last September for my iMac, also with 500gb. A couple weeks ago I was getting an error saying that there was not enough room on the external drive to backup my computer. I posted here, and I was told to erase old backups. So I did that.

    Now, I'm getting another strange error saying that the external drive requires over 500gb to complete the backup. I don't see how this is possible since the my computer doesn't even hold that much. Any suggestions?
     

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  2. iSimx macrumors 6502

    iSimx

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    How about try formatting it by going to Disk Utility
     
  3. mrat93 thread starter macrumors 65816

    mrat93

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    Just tried it. I'm still getting the same error.
     
  4. RedAntArmy macrumors newbie

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    Check Time Machine Preferences and make sure that the backup drive is excluded from the backup.

    RedAntArmy
     
  5. mrat93 thread starter macrumors 65816

    mrat93

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    It is excluded.
     

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  6. mrat93 thread starter macrumors 65816

    mrat93

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    Any other suggestions people? These constant failed backups are getting annoying.
     
  7. misterredman macrumors 6502a

    misterredman

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    Do you have other drives connected to the computer?

    Verify your disk with Disk Utility.
     
  8. mrat93 thread starter macrumors 65816

    mrat93

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    I just have my external drive. I verified the disk and it appears to be okay.
     
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    mrat93

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