Time Machine suppose to back up ALL OF THE TIME!?

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  1. BBQ BOY, Jun 4, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2011

    BBQ BOY macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2010
    My 1T Time Machine that I purchased roughly 8 months ago is a royal pain in the butt. It backs up seemingly all of the time resulting in a very very very slow iMac.
    I can not figure out how to get into the Time Machine to back up once a day when I am asleep. instead it literally backs up probably 18-20 hours of the day. I can not even scroll without it effecting the scrolling ability or freezing my computer.
    What is the deal?
  2. Kafka macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2011
    I know, it's annoying, so I just plug my backup drive when needed, like once a week.
    There's an app for that however, which allows you to schedule TM backups. Can't recall it's name as I don't like to install apps that I don't REALLY need.
  3. BBQ BOY thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2010
    Well, I need to keep it plugged in being that I uses it as my wireless router too.
  4. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    I got annoyed like you did and turned off automatic back-up. I only back-up around once every month now. Not too big of a deal for me.
  5. GoKyu macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2007
    New Orleans
    I don't remember ever having my Mac slow down noticeably when I used Time Machine, but I also wasn't using an external hard drive either. When I put my iTunes library on external though, I noticed a major lag anytime the computer wanted/tried to access it.

    So I don't think it's as much the backup process as it is accessing a slow external drive...

    As others have said, maybe set TM to only backup overnight or once a week/month to help alleviate the slowdown.

    Here's a free scheduling program I just found online, hope it helps!
  6. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I did the same but I back up when I make changes like add music or something. I don't think hourly back ups are really needed.
  7. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    Maybe not for you! Video/photo editing, writing long/many documents - essential.
  8. petsk macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2009
    Northern Europe
    Something is definitely wrong. Try deleting your sparesbundle file from the TM and do a complete new backup.
  9. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    Why do you have so much new data that needs to be backed up each session?

    You don't by chance have a Windows Virtual Machine running (Parallels or Fusion)? If so, you need to exclude that from the backup or you will constantly be backing up a 30GB or so file each hour.

  10. Kafka macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2011
    I think I should specify my case as it could be irrelevant here... That was with my first mac, a mid-2009 20" iMac (bought 2 months before the redesign, gah), using a 1 TB Buffalo DriveStation Combo4 plugged on FW800. The backups actually totally froze my machine on many occasions. Somehow I suspected it was because of the hard drive itself, not TM, but since I've got used to doing episodic backups and actually like it better that way I can't tell for sure if it really was the drive.
  11. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2008
    USA (Virginia)
    I think the OP is using Time Machine (the software) to back up to a 1 TB Time Capsule (the hardware). Similar setup to mine.

    As petsk said, something is definitely wrong. I think the slowdown is your real problem, not the backup frequency. I never notice a slowdown when TM backs up my iMac to a TC. I would open Console.app (in Applications/Utilities) and look for messages from com.apple.backupd. There should be a bunch there, but see if any sound like errors or problems. (In Console, be sure to select "All Messages" in the left pane.)

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