Time Machine Error?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by DougY, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. DougY, Apr 15, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2012

    DougY macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2009
    I recently tried to run a backup on my Time Machine (My Book) for my iMac, and after it finished, I received a message telling me that the backup was unsuccessful. After several other attempts, with different backup dates, I keep getting the same results. Can this be due to a corruption on my Time Machine hardware, and if so, how can I format the Time Machine? Thanks
  2. Doctorsti macrumors regular

    May 30, 2006
    airport utility --> manual setup --> choose "discs" in the icons at the top of the panel --> time capsule will likely already be selected and give you two options, "archive" or "erase." Choose erase and confirm it so long as you understand it will delete all contents.

    Pretty sure that's the procedure.
  3. DougY thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2009
    Airport Utility?

    I opened Airport Utility and it showed a screen searching, and searching...but no manual setup showed up, actually, nothing was available.
  4. sinoue macrumors newbie


    Feb 16, 2011
    Silicon Valley

    If I understand correctly:
    You have an iMac that uses an external USB "My Book" Western Digital hard drive for doing Time Machine backups to.

    Does the drive mount when connected? Can you read/write to the drive? You will need to run Apple's disk utility in your utility folder to check the drive for problems.

    If you are running OS X Lion make sure you have the latest 10.7.3 updates which include Time Machine fixes.

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