Time Machine keeps corrupting

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  1. ourmanontheM62 macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2013
    A bit stuck on this one. We've two macs, one running 10.10, the other (now) running 10.7. I have backed up for years with no problems to a WD external 500GB USB 2 disk, however this has become full.

    I've therefore bought an Akasa USB3 enclose and WD Green 3Gb - when I format this as per Time Machine instructions, it will back up both computers once or twice, then will hang midway through an incremental backup on one of them. I then get an error saying the backup cannot be completed; running Disk Utility gets File System Check Exit Code 8, and a statement that the disk cannot be repaired - as this has happened three or four times, followed by me having to reformat, it's all getting a bit tiresome.

    fsck cannot verify the volume completely.

    Anyone have any suggestions?
  2. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Replacing the hard drive.
  3. ourmanontheM62 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2013
    I was coming to that conclusion - however, one would hope a brand-new HD wouldn't be knackered...
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    Sometimes it happens.

    Or it could be the cable or the enclosure, rather than the disk drive per se.

    Or it could be an intermittent component (cable, enclosure, or HD) that fails during the actual backup. This ends up corrupting the backup, so a subsequent Verify Disk in Disk Utility fails.

    Or if there's an external power supply, it could be that.

    Or if there isn't an external power supply, it could be the HD is drawing too much power, which causes bad data to be written.

    Some of these can be tested by swapping components. Try a different USB cable, try a different disk enclosure, try a different power supply, etc. The options for testing components depends on what you have available for swapping.
  5. ourmanontheM62 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2013
    Have just re-formatted again and run another backup, with a different USB cable (as this is the only thing I've got a spare of). First backup fine; ran fsck and the disk was corrupt.

    However, I've noticed that the external HD data access light comes on and stays on when I shut down without first ejecting the drive - I'm fairly sure it shouldn't do that (the old WD drive didn't, and when I unmount the disk manually it doesn't either). I wonder if this is the cause of the corruption; any suggestions as to whether it can be fixed?

    Still planning to take the disk back on Thu.

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