Time Machine - Black Screen

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by RatHat, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. RatHat macrumors member


    Jun 29, 2011
    Anyone know how to fix this?

    If I enter Time Machine, the initial finder window is fine and I can see the contents, but if I scroll back, each finder window is just black.

    Time machine is showing that it has created the backups, and if I go into Finder outside of Time Machine, I can access each backup that has been made.

  2. srl7741 macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2008
    In my world
    I have the same issues, I'm hoping it's fixed along with numerous other Mavericks issues soon.

    I noticed it a few days back and feel better I'm not alone.
  3. hijonathan macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2013
    You have to first open the sparse disk image

    I had the same issue as well. In the past, time machine backups were simple folders in my external drive. Now, they're all inside of a sparse disk image, and for some reason, clicking "Enter Time Machine" doesn't open that image.

    Anyway, the fix is to go into your external drive and manually open (double-click) the sparse disk image (your backup). Then enter time machine.
  4. RatHat thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 29, 2011
    That does the trick! Thanks for that. Hope Apple come up with a permanent fix soon though, and also get the icon spinning again.
  5. Darryllesch macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2013
    Hi Iam having the same issue, I directly went into my time capsule and double clicked on my back and it mounted into my finder, but when I reload time machine all pink dates are still showing black screens. Any other suggestions or I am doing something wrong?
  6. user92837423 macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2014
    sparse disk image solution works but only until restart

    I have the same problem described by RatHat, and the solution posted by hijonathan works but only until I restart my computer. After restarting the computer Time Machine continues to show black screens after the initial screen until the sparse disk image is manually opened again. How do I resolve this permanently?
  7. searching-again macrumors newbie


    Jul 12, 2014
    Same problem here.
  8. Dinky2 macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2010
    Restore not working

    Is there a solution to this problem ? The fix mentioned does not work for me. I still get the blank screen. Additionally, positioning Finder on the folder I am interested in prior to entering TM does not work either. It will always jump to my home folder before starting TM. Looking at the sparse bundle makes me worried a little bit, because I have not been able to detect any backup files as yet. The backup log shows no problems, though, so I guess (hope) backing up is working, but I am not sure. In any case it does not really make a difference if restore is not working

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