Time Machine keeps trying to backup?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Toby Goodbar, Dec 3, 2010.

  1. Toby Goodbar macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2006
    Time machine is turned off yet keeps trying to perform backups every hour. There is no hard drive for it to backup to. The alerts are driving me up a wall. i watch alot of movieS or online programming, netflix, etc, and then comes this popup alerting me it cant do what its not supposed to do with a drive that doesn't even exist.

    ive googled and googled but not really found anything specific to my problem or that worked.

    at one time i DID have time machine in use, with an external drive. i had even tried to change the time interval by editing the com.apple.backupd plist or whatever (which never worked anyway). but after the external drive micro controller board had a problem, the external has been nixed until future notice haha.

    anyway after that, time machine was then turned off, and that was that.

    well, after letting a windows user, get on my computer, she clicked on the time machine dock icon thinking it was safari or something that would let her browse the internet. ever since then, even after making sure it was off in system preferences, it has been giving me this problem and i cant seem to correct it.

  2. dissolve macrumors 6502a

    Aug 23, 2009
    Try going back to the TM preferences and into the "Select Disk..." options. If a disk had been selected, there should be a button available to stop backing up. That may help. Otherwise, try deleting the plist file that you messed around with previously. That should reset it back to default and you can turn it off again.
  3. Toby Goodbar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2006
    tried deleteing plists. didn't work. there is no disk selected for backup.

    any other ideas?
  4. Toby Goodbar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2006
  5. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    I suspect the problem is in your editing of the com.apple.backupd.plist.....

    You say that you tried to delete the file but it did not work - do you mean that you could not delete the file or that it made no difference after it had been deleted ?
  6. Toby Goodbar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2006
    i mean it made no difference after it had been deleted.

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