TimeMachine and USB external drive issues

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by 7enderbender, Sep 28, 2016.

  1. 7enderbender macrumors 6502a

    7enderbender

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    #1
    I'm running a MacMini that is mainly used for photo editing (Adobe CS6) and as music recording device with a Focusrite Pro40 Firewire interface. The latter is the reason why I'm on Mavericks still and I'm intending to keep it that way.

    A few days my designated external hard drive (Lacie) for TimeMachine backups started to fail. Tried to reformat etc but it kept failing and eventually wouldn't even connect/mount at all. So I figured it's a fried disk and bought another G-Force USB 4T drive instead. Already have another G-Force as a data disk and it works fine.

    TimeMachine backup took forever - and then it crashed and the entire computer froze again. Drive had disconnected and there was an error message about that.

    It does back up fine when I switch it to my TimeCapsule drive - which is really meant to be only for the two MacBooks in the house. I want to keep the pretty big backup on the local Mac Mini on a separate drive.

    I don't recall doing anything, changing anything or installing software that would have caused this. Anyone have any thoughts where to go from here? I also had the Finder crash on my randomly a few times recently (come to think of it the Finder thing also happens on my laptop recently).
     
  2. adam9c1 macrumors 65816

    adam9c1

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    That drive is on its way out. Don't use it as a backup destination.
     

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