Resolved Time machine stopped working..

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  1. jake.f, May 23, 2011
    Last edited: May 24, 2011

    jake.f macrumors 6502

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    Hi
    I've had time machine performing regular backups for a while now to the same disk and recently they stopped working. I have not changed anything relating to settings or how it is plugged in but I get the message as shown in the attachment.
    Help appreciated,
    Thanks.
     

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  2. MarkMS macrumors 6502a

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    Something could be wrong with the external drive. Have you checked to see if it mounts properly?
     
  3. jake.f thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The drive is there, both the backup and other partition I have on it are find and can be written to if i just copy something.
     
  4. MarkMS macrumors 6502a

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    What does it say when you go to System Preferences>Time Machine>and click on the red "i" next to "Latest backup: Failed"?
     
  5. jake.f thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The following message appears upon clicking the red notification:
     

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  6. MarkMS macrumors 6502a

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    Try restarting the computer. I've seen this happen a few times and a simple restart fixing it.
     
  7. MacmancUK, May 23, 2011
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    MacmancUK macrumors member

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    I had this once, a couple of years ago.

    In the end I had to reformat the external HDD, good job TM is only a backup.

    No problems since.

    However I do not keep TM running all the time, just power up after major downloads or folders clean up, perhaps once every two days.

    I now have backups going back two years on my 500gb TM HDD, which I needed a few days ago.
     
  8. jake.f thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Restart doesnt make a difference, it's been happening for about 10 days I just haven't had time to try fix it.
     
  9. jake.f thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Repairing the partition through disk utility worked, Thanks.
     

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