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We have time machine backup set to run on our server. However, it will not complete the backup. We've tried to stop and restart it several times, but it will not run. This is a small shop and we do not have an IT department or guy. What can we check to troubleshoot the problem? I have an Iomega HDD with 1.02 TB available. The last successful backup was July 28, 2010. The estimated size of a full backup is 191.58 GB. Time Machine is On. This week the backup has been stuck at "Backing up 409,830 items 7.8MB of 66.65GB". The Time Machine Icon is spinning but nothing is happening. Tracy Vokac tracy@crril.com 630-929-1100, option 3

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  • tracy958 Oct 14, 2010

    We are a MAC office. I don't want to get server backup software. What I need is some tools to troubleshoot why Time Machine backup isn't working.

  • tracy958 Oct 14, 2010

    This did not work. The download is a widget, not the time machine application.

  • tracy958 Oct 14, 2010

    What else could be done to troubleshoot this problem?

  • tracy958 Oct 14, 2010

    I checked preferences for Time Machine, but don't see where you select incremental backup or full backup. How do I determine which is running?

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Do you have it set for Incremental back-up or complete back-up? Incremental it searches for changes to files and only backs up the changes, Full back up is like it says, it backs everything up. If your set to incremental back up, if you installed an update it may have done this by default without your knowledge, change it to full back up. Incremental sometimes hangs. Also, run a full check desk on both the source and back up drives. This condition can be caused by a faulty sector or corrupted file that can usually be fixed with a simple check disk. Check your naming settings as well. Make sure it is set to auto name the files or set it to name the back ups by date so that it isn't trying to save the file with the same name as previously used. I know it sounds rudimentary but I have seen this as an issue before. Don't trust previous settings if you have used automatic update or allowed an update to any of your software or OS as on occasion when an update goes in it will change your default settings or make changes to your user settings without your knowledge. This may take a few post to isolate as it is most likely something simple and those are the most difficult to find as we search for bigger problems.

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  • James Young Oct 14, 2010

    Well, in any back up software, even the OS built in stuff there should be an option to select one of the two back up modes. I understand your delima with not wanting to purchase special software for doing back ups. I approached this solution from normal back up problems but unfortunately have only dealt with Linux based and Windows based systems. Yes the dreaded Windows. Mac is usually more tolerative though. I honestly have to say this sounds like a problem where it is hanging on some data or a corrupted file though. I wish I could be of more help here. If you re-post this problem I will make sure not to address it or take anymore of your time. I recommend if you re-post that you identify this is a Mac system in the initial problem description. We have some excellent experts in Mac issues on this sight that I am sure will be able to assist you further.

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Acronis is best software for server backup. You can get it from below link. click here You can also use windows backup utility. for that go to start menu->all programs->accessories->system tool ->backup. then you can take backup. Let me know if you need further assistance. Thanks for using FixYa.

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  • For that you need to reinstall time machine you can download it from below link.


    Reinstall it from above download then run time machine and configure it for take backup automatic then it will work again.

    Configure time machine with below method.


    Open System Preferences.

    Click on 'Time Machine'.

    Notice a menu with a button that says, "Choose Backup Disk..." Click on it.

    Look at the menu with your hard drive listed on it. Choose it and click on 'Use for Backup'.

    Let it back up all of the information at first

    Wait until it's finished

    Let me know if you need further assistance.

    Thanks for using FixYa.


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