Time Machine "Preparing" Message

Discussion in 'macOS' started by fenway824, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. fenway824 macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2006
    I started backing up on my external hard drive yesterday. Worked fine, but slow. Computer crashed late in the day. I reconnected external hard drive today. For an hour now I've been getting this message from Time Machine Backup saying "Preparing..." but nothing is happening. Any ideas?
  2. AlMac24 macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2007
    Near Guildford, GB
    Although I didn't have a system crash, as you did, Time Machine did crash on me first time. To rectify it, I told Time Machine to use 'No Drive' (or similar, I'm not at my Mac just now so this is from memory). Then I erased my external drive and re-selected it in Time Machine. On this occasion, the OS gave the drive a specific icon (which it didn't do first time round) and after a (max) 1 minute 'preparing' it started it's first backup.....

    Hope this helps you!

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