time machine not backing up

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by drewmcm, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. drewmcm macrumors newbie

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    hi there,

    time machine runs as if backing up but hasn't created a complete back up for a month. It just leave a file with the back up date and sufix .inProgress i.e.
    2012-08-21-12-4030.inProgress

    even though the time machine looks like it has completed the back up.

    This has been the case for several weeks after many shut downs, restarts, changing back up discs and back again etc...

    any ideas greatly 'preciated

    drew
     
  2. smirk macrumors 6502a

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    #2
    Run the Console app (in /Applications/Utilities), and in the Filter field in the top right type in "backupd" (without the quotes). This will make it only show Time Machine messages.

    Do you see anything in there to reveal what has gone wrong?
     
  3. drewmcm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hi smirk, no, nothing showed up - 0 messages.

    thanks
     
  4. smirk macrumors 6502a

    smirk

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    Ok, well that doesn't sound right. You should see at least some messages stating that a backup is starting. Are you certain that Time Machine is turned on and that it is starting (as in you see the clock icon in the menu bar spinning counter clockwise)? Otherwise, maybe you examined the console log just after it had been rotated to a new log file and Time Machine hadn't yet had a chance to do its thing.

    Just to be sure, why don't you kick off a backup, wait for it to finish, and then go into Console and filter for backupd (while viewing "All Messages" or system.log). I know you've done this before, but there must be *something* in a log file to give us a clue!
     
  5. drewmcm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    strange, still nothing -
    i mighthave to try reinstalling my MacOs X system and see if that fixes the problem... just have to back everything up by saving to another drive 1st

    thanks

    drew
     

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