Time Machine frequent hard drive access and error

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Techcomm, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. Techcomm macrumors newbie

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    First I would like to sincerely thank everyone on this forum for their time. I have been using windows from day one and have just switched about a month ago. I purchased an early 2008 24" iMac 2.8Ghz a month ago. It is awesome. This forum is amazing and was a great help in deciding to make the switch.

    Two days ago hooked up an iomega ultramax 500 drive as my time machine drive. Installation was a breeze.

    I notice it accesses the drive quite frequently. (Not just for hourly backups). Is this normal?
    Also, I just received this error: "Time Machine error- Unable to complete backup. An error occurred while copying files to backup volume"
    I clicked ok and then did a "backup now" which ran fine. Wonder what happened.

    Should I be concerned about these two issues?
    Thank you so much for your help.
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    How is the drive formatted? (Did you wipe it before configuring Time Machine?)

    Has the error recurred?
     
  3. Techcomm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The drive is an iomega UltraMax 500GB and was formatted HFS+ for mac out of the box. I just plugged it in via firewire and it installed perfectly. It ran a full backup and has been running hourly backups since then with no problems (two days).
    I was just concerned about the error and the more frequent than hourly disc access.
    Thanks for your help. I appreciate your time.
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    It's possible that Spotlight is just indexing. Next time the drive starts to go, take a look at the magnifying glass on the far right side of the menu bar. If there's a flashing dot in the middle of the lens, that means it's indexing.
     
  5. Techcomm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It seems to be accessing the drive several times an hour. No flashing dot in the magnifying glass. Maybe this is normal?
     

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