Time Machine Does Not Seem To Back-Up Data

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by razorboy1969, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. razorboy1969 macrumors newbie

    razorboy1969

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    I own a uMBP late 09 running 10.6.2. Recently, i bought a Seagate FreeAgent Go 320Gb to use as back-up for both Mac and Windows. I partitioned it into equal HFS+ and FAT32, the former exclusively for Time Machine (which i will be using for the first time), and the latter for Windows.

    Initial back-up via TM was successful, as i was able to store about 80Gb of data from my Macintosh partition into the ext drive. The problem is this : After several days of backing-up data, Time Machine displays the same set of files as the initial one. During this time, i have made various additions to my iTunes library as well as movie clips and other documents. These changes/additions did not reflect on the subsequent back-ups made by TM. The initial size of the back-up data stayed the same, pegged at 80Gb.

    Am i doing something wrong here? The ext drive does not remain connected to my notebook always, and i only do force back-ups via the TM icon. Also, i have not encountered a single error/failed message when backing-up. On the options menu, i excluded only the Download folder. No other settings were altered.

    Any help would appreciated. I have just erased all my previous data from the TM, and is attempting to redo it now.
     
  2. Objectivist-C macrumors 6502

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    Did you try running Time Machine to see if the restore points were showing up?
     
  3. razorboy1969 thread starter macrumors newbie

    razorboy1969

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    Yes. There are several restore points. But the problem is, they all look the same and contain the same files, as if no changes were made, even though i have added several multimedia files since the initial back-up. In other words, the new files were not being backed up.

    Ff-up question : I reformatted the drive and did TM all over again. This time, i excluded the 'Download Folder' (about 15Gb of data) prior to the back-up. How come it was still backed up and still shows up at the back-up folder ?????? This is driving me nuts. Googled but still no answers.
     
  4. razorboy1969 thread starter macrumors newbie

    razorboy1969

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    Update : After reformatting the ext drive for the 3rd time and performing a software update, Time Machine backs up data correctly now. Problem seemed to be solved, although i still don't know what did the trick. The software updates were related to Safari and Java.
     
  5. georgegarrigues macrumors newbie

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    Probably was the software update, since that was the only new thing you did. What software did you update anyway?

    Questioningly, your friend, George
     

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