Time machine getting stuck during initial backup

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by imac123, May 30, 2008.

  1. imac123 macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2008
    I'm trying to make the 1st backup of my data , but time machine seems to be getting stuck after just 87 MB or so.

    Any ideas why this is happening? The VERY first time through, I cancelled the backup, and I'm not sure if that messed up time machine...

    any suggestions/fixes?

    Also, the initial backup is 150GB... how long should I expect that to take over a USB 2.0 connection?
  2. me_94501 macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2003
    The first thing that comes to my mind is that the external hard drive is messed up somehow. I've had some issues where Time Machine got stuck like that on an initial backup, and it turned out that the drive was to blame. You could try using Disk Utility (in the Utilities folder) and repairing the disk you're using for backups.

    Um, a while. I forget how long it took me to back up 23 GB of data. Your best bet is to run the initial backup overnight.

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