Time Machine Stalling

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  1. kap09 macrumors 6502

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    I have a USB drive shared as our Time Machine backup drive on my Airport Extreme. We backup an MBA & MBP to this drive. The MBP is continuing to run it's backups just fine, but whenever I try backing up my MBA the backup will start, make a small amount of progress and stall.

    Anyone experience this and have a tip to get it running properly again?
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Is this the older, pancake shaped AE or the newer tower model? The older pancake shaped one does not support Time Machine backups like this. Some people get it to work, but it it not reliable.
     
  3. kap09 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    'Pancake'

    I realize it's not a supported feature but it was functioning for months and is STILL working on our MBP. Just looking for tips from anyone with the same issue.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I have seen several posts here like this in the past and never a good answer. It seems to be working fine, and then just stops working. :confused:

    Since it is officially "not supported" maybe Apple figures they can make OS changes that break this without consequence.
     
  5. kap09 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah...it's a pretty spotty subject. I searched loads before posting and finally caved in and asked.

    The reality is I'm just trying to talk myself out of a Time Capsule that I should just give in and buy, haha.
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    If you already have a good USB drive you want to reuse, the new tower shaped Airport Extreme does support this, so that would save you some $$ off the cost of the Time Capsule.
     
  7. kap09 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Based on my current needs I should probably just grab a refurb Time Capsule and have the 2TB of storage rather than the 1TB on this USB3 drive. Plus is getting to the point where either my Aperture or iTunes library probably belongs on external storage vs my rapidly filling MBA...

    ...or maybe these are just my justifications for a new toy :D
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    The judges approve! :)
     

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