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

    Oct 4, 2011

    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


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    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.

    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

    Oct 4, 2011
    #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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