Time Machine Frozen: Manually Backing up to external drive

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by kmraj, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. kmraj macrumors newbie

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    Oct 4, 2011
    #1
    Greetings,

    I tried backing up using Time Machine for the past week and all it does it freeze (longest time before forced shutdown was 5days).

    I am running 10.7.5, 15" MBP (early-11), a 256 GB SSD and 8GB RAM.

    I have this url from Apple: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH4077 to address some of the files.

    Your documents : ~/Documents and ~/Desktop
    Mail data and settings : ~/Library/Mail/V2
    iTunes data and settings : ~/Music/iTunes/
    iPhoto data and settings: ~/Pictures/iPhoto Library/
    Address Book data and settings : ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook
    iCal data and settings : ~/Library/Calendars/
    Safari data and settings : ~/Library/Safari/
    Fonts : ~/Library/Fonts/
    Keychain data and settings : ~/Library/Keychains/
    Stickies : ~/Library/StickiesDatabase
    Other preferences : ~/Library/Preferences/

    But are there others?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2005
    Location:
    California
    #2
    That looks like it would cover all your data.

    Ho is the Time Machine disk attached? Is it just a standard USB drive formatted to Mac OS Extended?

    TM uses the Spotlight index to ID files, and sometimes a Spotlight reindex can help. Run the command below in Terminal and wait for the reindex to finish.

    Code:
    sudo mdutil -E /
    Then also try a command-r boot to recovery and run Disk Utility from there and do a repair disk. Does that show any errors.

    After that erase the external drive completely and try TM again.
     
  3. kmraj thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2011
    #3
    #1 : "Ho is the Time Machine disk attached? Is it just a standard USB drive formatted to Mac OS Extended?"
    Resp: TM is attached as a usb drive to a usb disk fomatted as OSX / Extended with two partitions, TM and extended (this is a new setup when the old TM started to go wacky). Still having issues.

    #2 - Reindex TM using spotlight
    Resp: Will try.

    #3: Erase and reindex and try again.
    Resp: I didn't erase and reindex, but used a brand new drive formatted as noted in #2. To preserve older backups and ensure a third fallback point.
     

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