Time Machine problem

Discussion in 'macOS' started by kobefan234, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. kobefan234 macrumors 6502

    kobefan234

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    #1
    When I open Time machine in my system preferences it says "preparing" is this normal? Is it really backing up?
     
  2. quotemeas macrumors regular

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    First Step

    This is normal, specially if your backing up for the first time. Give it time.
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

    r.j.s

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    Every once in a while, TM will decide that it no longer trusts the file that keeps track of changes and will compare every file to the ones already backed up. When you have a preparing stage that takes a long time, this is probably what it is doing. Let it run its course, if you don't, it will try again at the next backup.
     
  4. kobefan234 thread starter macrumors 6502

    kobefan234

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  5. madroadbiker macrumors newbie

    madroadbiker

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    how long is too long?

    I have a similar problem. After successfully backing up for months, I left my computer off for a long time. Then when I turned it back on and it tried to do another backup, it has been "Preparing" now for over 24 hours! Give me a break! What kind of BS backup system is this? Seriously, how long should this take?
     

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