Time machine won't back up

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  1. TC400 macrumors 6502a

    TC400

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    My Time machine won't back up. I tried repairing the disk via disk utility and it says it can't be complete. I can access the hard drive and see what's on there. How can I get my drive to back up again? Any thoughts? Some research I've done has suggested that it's dead or starting to fail. I can't do a SMART test on it since it is an external drive.
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    If Disk Util can't repair the disk it won't work with Time Machine. You could try to just completely reformat the disk and start over. That may fix the corruption.
     
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    Do you have access to an IBM-PC? If so, I have a potential solution for you.
     
  4. TC400 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I was afraid of!

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    Unfortunately, no.
     
  5. Hustler1337 macrumors 68000

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    Are you getting any error messages when attempting to back up?
     
  6. TC400 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I was. So what I had to do was reformat the drive and all is well.
     

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