Time Machine won't recognize existing backup

Discussion in 'macOS' started by rendezvouscp, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. rendezvouscp macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2003
    Long Beach, California
    I'm having a perplexing issue with Time Machine. Time Machine (the app) recognizes all the backups made to its drive; however, System Preferences doesn't recognize the last backups and won't make automatic backups to the drive. When I try to force a backup, it starts an entirely new backup (as in, separate folder and the whole system).

    I just want Time Machine and System Preferences to recognize the backup that I've been running for weeks. Any suggestions? All are welcome; thanks in advance.
  2. srogers1 macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2007
    Same problem

    After a trip in to Apple for repairs (don't know if that's significant or a coincidence) Time Machine won't recognize the backups on the backup volume. At first it said that it couldn't mount the backup volume when it's right there on the desktop. So I re-selected it as the backup volume - now it says there's not enough space on the drive - i.e. it's trying to start a whole new backup set from scratch.

    I ran Disk Utility on the Time Machine drive - it says it's fine. I'm stumped for anything else to try.
  3. srogers1 macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2007
  4. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Sometimes I have this problem. I normally just open the Spares bundle file, let it mount etc and it normally fixes the problem.

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