Time Machine is "preparing" for a long time

Discussion in 'macOS' started by winterdude010, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. winterdude010 macrumors regular

    winterdude010

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    After my hard drive was thinking for about 20 mins, I decided to go to the Time Machine menu to see what was up...next to backing up it says "preparing", and it has said that for about a half an hour, why won't it begin to backup?

    UPDATE: My question was answered after some searching across the web.
     
  2. overanalyzer macrumors 6502a

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    Feel free to post the answer as help for future forum searchers.
     
  3. studentmac macrumors regular

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    Could you post the answer? Im having the problem just now.
     
  4. imfrog2002 macrumors 6502

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    I noticed that it did that the first time. It took almost an hour, but it backed up, and has been FAST ever since. Just an FYI. I'd still like to know that answer, too, though.
     
  5. studentmac macrumors regular

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    My situation is completely the opposite.

    Been running time machine since leopard's release with no problems, but now it wont back up properly and sometimes crashes my macbook.
     
  6. winterdude010 thread starter macrumors regular

    winterdude010

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    Here's the answer directly from the Apple forums:

     
  7. timsutcliffe macrumors 6502

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    Just wait

    Thanks to winterdude010,

    I took the advice of waiting for time machine to finish preparing, and eventually it worked.

    So just hang in there, and it'll do its stuff.

    Tim
     
  8. Mohummad.ali macrumors newbie

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    I have noticed that Time Machine works faster if it is NOT running in the background!
    I mean if it is running in foreground and has focus! it works way faster. The "preparing" stage is almost 10x faster!
     
  9. ella138 macrumors newbie

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    After reading everything about the "preparing" taking so long, I left it preparing before I went to bed at 11pm, it is now almost 8 am and it is still preparing! Is it possible it could take over 9 hours? I'm off to work and I will leave it to continue to prepare and see if there is any change when I get home. I don't suspect there will be, this can't be right.
     

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