Time Machine Taking FOREVER

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Iglio, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. Iglio macrumors regular

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    #1
    ok so i am wondering why on earth my time machine is taking forever to back up, its not even a lot of things to transfer? Thoughts?
     
  2. walnuts macrumors 6502

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    Is it stuck on "preparing"? It may just need to take a long time to finish one backup, and then it will be better. I had the issue with mine. If you look in the system log in the console app, you'll see that it needs to do a "deep traversal" of some node. Once it finishes, backups will be more normal.

    See this thread.
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Well Time Machine uses your Spotlight index to backup stuff so it has to finish the indexing first and then do a verification to see everything is in order. During backup if you're using a slow drive or connection it will also contribute to the slowdown.
     

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