Time Machine

Discussion in 'iMac' started by gilliard, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. gilliard macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2007
    Hi all hope you can help, this question has been asked before I think but my 1 TB G-drive mini has gobbled up all the macs stuff and is now supposed to carry on backing up by deleting the oldest back up but just sits there. The last back up was 14th July. If I enter time machine I can't do the travel through the different back ups it just has the 14th July any suggestions. Having said all that I have just entered time machine and there is now 400GB free, now last night I got rid of a load of duplicated movies (no way did i have 400GB of movies) and it has done a back up on its own with out me even turning on time machine so what's going on any ideas, and why do Macs make 3,4,6, copies of photos and videos/movies its all a bit mad to me.

    Thanks for your never ending wisdom in advance.

  2. illusionx macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2014
    Brossard, QC
    You dont just go and delete stuffs inside the time machine disk...

    So is your time machine on or off in system preference?
  3. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2008
    USA (Virginia)
    I think he meant he got rid of some movie files on the Mac, and then TM did a backup and now there's 400 GB free on the TM disk.

    Regarding TM making multiple copies of your files: it doesn't, really. Each additional "copy" is actually a link (like an alias) to the original file data. So even though it looks like there's a copy of the file in every backup, it's really just a link, which takes up almost no disk space.

    Now, it's hard to tell what's going on with your TM setup. Was the 14th July backup the first one? Did it complete with no errors?

    Clearly TM was not working correctly, until you deleted a few files, and maybe it's now working OK. To be more confident about it, I would probably start over again -- format the backup disk if there's nothing else on it and re-select it in Time Machine system preferences. Take note of any errors in the preferences window.

    If you want to, you can track TM messages and errors by using Console.app (it's in Applications/Utilities). Open it, make sure All Messages is selected, and then watch for (or use the string matching filter) for "backupd". Every message issued by TM will have that string in the message. This can be very helpful if TM doesn't seem to be working correctly.
  4. gilliard, Aug 27, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2014

    gilliard thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2007
    time machine

    Well thanks for reply I just spent twenty minutes explaining problem in better details and the forum run out of time I then entered wrong password and lost all that I had typed so I will get back to you when I have finished kicking myself.....:>[

    TM is fine

    Duplicates made by imac.
  5. gilliard thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2007
    time machine

    Hi all thanks for reply
    The TM was fine it's used up all 1TB of space on disc, I did not delete anything from the TM. The description of TM says it is meant to carry on backing up when full by deleting the oldest back up. This does not appear to have happened, or it did and wont back up anymore because of the only back up left I don't know.

    I can't seem to travel through time machine to get to the oldest, it only has the July backup. Having said that, that's all there is to look through.

    All the duplicated movies I deleted were on the imac as it had also used up almost all its memory so I was making space.
    The multi duplication seems to have started when iphoto introduced face recognition, It produced 25000 pics of all sorts of things including wheels it thought was a face and what looked like thumbnail size pics of single peoples faces from group photos iphoto is crap. This is why so much memory was used and TM was doing a full back up.

    When I looked at TM it then had 400GB of space for back up.

    While I am typing this the TM fires up even though I have turned it off, (not ejected.)
    but not backing up.

    Thanks for any suggestions that might help.
  6. seroposi, Aug 27, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2014

    seroposi macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2013
    Herts, UK
    This link may help you understand Time Machine a bit better:


    Off hand I do not know why TM is only allowing you to access July backup(s).

    I assume the time line is showing earlier (pre july ) backups and it's these you cannot access.

    Enter TM, highlight Macintosh HD in the Finder side bar and this should allow you access to those backups. If dates are shown in the time line then the data is there.

    As an example, my backups date back to may 2013 but I can only readily access back ups going back to March 2014 ( 6 months ). Back ups from February 2014 to May 2013 are shown in the timeline but at first glance appear inaccessible. Highlighting Macintosh HD in the Finder sidebar enables access to those earlier backups.

    The way I understand how TM works ( and stand to be corrected ), it only allows easy access to backups going back 6months. To access earlier backups ( providing they are obviously shown in the time line ) highlight Macintosh HD in the Finder sidebar. It's as if backups pre 6 months are archived but nevertheless readily accessible.

    Hope this helps.
  7. gilliard thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2007
    Time machine

    Thanks guys for all your suggestions I will give them a go. :)

    Peace; gilliard

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