The rate at which data is copied to the two drives that work via Firewire seemed to be quite similar to the rate for the USB drive, until it bombed out. It is worth keeping in mind that this disk has been working perfectly for me – I’ve been backup up entire system to it every couple of days using SuperDuper, without any errors or problems. It is a Maxtor disk in a BlueEye U case. Interestingly, upon bringing the disk home today and switching it on it won’t mount at all, on my computer or that of my partner. I discovered that shortly after TM was stalling somewhere between 10 and 40 mins after commencing the backup , repeated messages would appear in system. Nov 1, 6: The motivation for my post was just to make people aware – as there seems to be many people having problems with TM – that maybe the first drive you try, particularly if it is not new, may not work and that it is worth trying another if you can.
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Subsequent backups to this drive work fine. I tried again with the disk at work and it continued to fail. Finally I decided to follow what was being thrown up to the system. I tried many times, each time reformatting the disk with the GUID partition mapdeleting the TM preference file, restarting and ensuring all other apps were not running.
Posted on Nov 1, 4: It appears that one of my external hard disks has a hardware fault, or that TM is overly sensitive to its state, thus preventing me using it for backup.
So, if you’re having this or some other difficulty, on a drive that you haven’t purchased new, it may be worth considering that an unsuccessful TM backup may be due to a current, or imminent, problem with the disk.
Time Machine times-out on external USB disk, but works on 2 others Vlueeye, I wanted to share my experience, in case it is helpful to someone else.
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What other USB devices are being used at the same time? Ask a question Reset. I was completely fed-up! As an aside, switching between the TM backup disks at Home and Work works well – TM just catches up from where blyeeye last left off on the particular drive.
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It is working on your firewire drives and failing on the USB drive. Just my two cents worth.
Not only should firewire be faster – blureye it’s an entirely different connection. I subsequently tried backing up for the first time on a freshly re-partitioned GUID map Firewire external disk Prolific PL Combo Device in a BlueEye O2 case at home, and this worked perfectly the first time, taking a couple of hours. The rate at which data is copied to the two drives that work via Firewire seemed to be quite similar to the rate for the USB drive, until it bombed out.
This suggested to me that there was some sort of intermittent failure of the disk, or the connection between the Macbook Pro and the disk, or something I don’t understand. All applications were closed at the time. Reply I have j235 question too I have this question too Me too Me too.
To blueye the conversation again, simply ask a new question. After upgrading from Tiger to Leopard on my Macbook Pro 2. All replies Drop Down menu. I’m not sure if in my case there is a minor error with the disk, a fault with TM, or both.
Nov 20, The motivation for my post was just to make people aware – as there seems to be many people having problems with TM – that maybe the first drive you try, particularly if it is not new, may not work and that it is worth trying another if you can. On each attempt to make the initial backup, TM would copy between 2 and 25GB of data of 75 total to the disk, and then stall indefinately, without giving an error.
The message I wanted to convey is that, in my experience, TM may fail during a backup stall in fact, as no explicit message was generated to a disk that outwardly appears to be fully functional.
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I haven’t had any problems with timeouts Nov 7, 7: Mac OS X Speciality level out of ten: Particularly in light of the fact that I didn’t receive any explicit error messages, that is other than the one in the system. Interestingly, upon bringing the disk home today and switching it on it won’t mount at all, on my computer or that of my partner.
Nov 1, 6: At the blueee time a USB mouse was plugged in.