Time Machine Oldest/Latest backup field is blank?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by gormond, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. gormond macrumors regular

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    #1
    Hello,

    In Time Machine under the Oldest and Latest Backup fields all it says is "--".

    It used to work perfectly fine but today i noticed it was blank, when i go into time machine all the dates are there including the one it done today, just seems to be a display error, Any ideas how to fix this?

    Gormond.
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

    Eraserhead

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    #2
    Sounds like the backup might have got corrupted.

    Can you load the Time Machine application to view your backups?
     
  3. gormond thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah I Can, I also tried to recover an old deleted file and it worked fine.
     
  4. gormond thread starter macrumors regular

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    Anyone have a clue what could be causing this?
     
  5. TerraBubble macrumors newbie

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    I'm having the same problem

    It also just displays "--" in the Oldest and Latest backup field in Time Machine Preferences

    But the actual backup still works fine(even though its SO slow over wireless network...[says "preparing" for longer than I can be bothered to time it:(])

    really strange annoying bug :confused:
     
  6. r_howie macrumors newbie

    r_howie

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  7. nopanic macrumors newbie

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    Possible Solution

    I know it's a bit late, but a possible solution can be found here:
    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1938331&tstart=30

    essentially it says:
    Try to move this file on the desktop (another way of saying, remove it, but don't delete it yet, you never now ...):
    HD/Library/Preferences/com.apple.TimeMachine.plist
     
  8. pyramis macrumors member

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    #8
    I found this solution posted on the Apple Support forums:
    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1565326

    1. Open Time Machine in System Prefs

    2. Click "Change Disk" and select "None" as the Backup

    3. Immediately reselect previous backup disk (and slide the "Off/On" tab back to "On"

    4. A backup will be run automatically...in my case, 22mb so it was quick

    5. Life is good again, Latest Backup date properly displayed
     

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