Resolved Time Machine Backup Not Working

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by Kyle2595, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. Kyle2595, Oct 24, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2013

    Kyle2595 macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2013
    Hi, I just installed Mavericks yesterday and I have everything running smoothly except for one thing. When I plug in my external hard drive to do a Time Machine backup, it just says "preparing backup" and never goes anywhere.

    Does anyone know how to solve this? Thanks.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Give it time, because you upgraded the OS, its probably going to go through a full back up as opposed to an incremental one and that will take time to clean up enough space on the target disk and/or start indexing what to back up on the source.
  3. guitarman777 macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    maflynn is spot on. It'll take a while, just let it run until it finishes. If it's 24 hours and it's still working, either you've got a lot of stuff on your hard drive, or something really is wrong.
  4. Kyle2595 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2013
    Ok, everything is working well now. Thank you for the help.
  5. Quackers macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2013
    Manchester, UK
    Yep, my first backup after installing Mavericks was very slow to begin but completed ok.

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