Time Machine Crashing my iMac 5K

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  1. graphicimage macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2009
    I'm on a fairly new iMac Retina 5K 27" Mac (3.3 / i5 / 32 gig ram / AMD Radeon R9 M395 2048 MB)

    OK this is a bit of a solution and a question for those of you experiencing the same issues...

    I had random crashes since I turned the machine on, after hours or days of being on... always had to manually restart. Once or twice it would free up after force quitting apps but usually the force quit box would also freeze...

    Turns out the the one app that I should have been force quitting was TIME MACHINE. BUT that does not show up in the force quit option. Nice.

    One day I noticed, when a crash was starting, the time machine icon in finder view was starting to spin just as it was going down... that's it! OK, so I turned off Time Machine and never had the problem again... when I turn it on to run a back-up now it always ends in a freeze-up but does seem to do the back-up. I did not have time to investigate a fix till now with months of crash free action.

    Hope this helps anyone having the same problem but now I would like to find a solution so I can keep Time Machining running in the background like its supposed to.

  2. graphicimage thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2009
    Did I place this is the wrong area or something?

  3. TheBigDog macrumors member


    Sep 5, 2016
    London, United Kingdom
    Use Carbon Copy Cloner, it's better. :)
  4. rshrugged macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2015
    Someone may be able to help if you provide further info; as a start --

    [First, for yourself : check out the troubleshooting steps at Pondini.org. Some of the specific OS material there is dated but the basic knowledge concerning Time Machine is still relevant. Also there -- how to cancel an in progress Time Machine backup.]

    If no joy, what make and model drive, and any of its known specs, are you trying to back up to? Are you using any of its included software?

    Run the free app EtreCheck and post the results.

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