Time machine...how to tell when done

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by PNGento, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. PNGento macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2011
    First Apple...MBP. How can I tell when TimeMachine has completed its backup? I see no progress indication, so how do I know it is safe to disconnect the backup hard drive?

  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    When you see this icon in your menubar near the clock stop moving, it's done. Plus you can click on it and it will give you its status. If you don't see the icon, go to System Preference --> Time Machine and enable the menubar status.

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  3. PNGento thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Thank you...wondered what that icon was all about...
  4. talkingfuture macrumors 65816


    Dec 4, 2008
    The back of beyond.
    If you click on that icon it will also let you manually start / stop a backup and tell you when the last backup was completed.
  5. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    If you click on the Time Machine icon on the menu bar, you can select Time Machine Preferences (same thing as bringing up System Preferences, then Time Machine). This will then show you the progress of a backup.

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