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. To start the conversation again, simply ask a new question. Nov 7, 7: It is working on your firewire drives and failing on the USB drive. Mac OS X Speciality level out of ten: Reply I have this question too I have this question too Me too Me too. All applications were closed at the time.

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I tried again with the disk at work and it continued to fail. I discovered that shortly after TM was stalling somewhere between 10 and 40 mins after commencing the backuprepeated messages would appear in system.

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.

Nov 1, 6: Posted on Nov 1, 4: At the same time a USB mouse was plugged in.

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.

Ejecting the disk at this point and restarting the computer just lead to further problems with completing the backup that I won’t go into here. Ask a question Reset. Vlueeye an aside, switching between the TM backup disks at Home and Work works well – TM just catches up from where it last left off on the particular drive.

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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.

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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. To start the conversation again, simply ask a new question. Nov 20, I haven’t had any problems with timeouts What other USB devices are being used at the same time? Nov 7, 7: 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.

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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 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. I was completely fed-up! Time Machine times-out on external USB disk, but works on 2 others Hello, I wanted to share my experience, in case it is helpful to someone else.

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Not only should firewire be faster – but it’s an entirely different connection. After upgrading from Tiger to Bkueeye on my Macbook Pro 2.

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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. I’m not sure if in my case there is a minor error with the disk, a fault with TM, or both.

The message I wanted to convey is that, in my experience, TM may fail during a backup stall in fact, as no blueeyee message was generated to blyeeye disk that outwardly appears to be fully functional.

User profile for user: All applications were closed at the time. It is a Maxtor disk in a BlueEye U case. So, if you’re having this or some other difficulty, on a drive that you haven’t purchased new, it may be worth bljeeye that an unsuccessful TM backup may be due to a current, or imminent, problem with the disk. Reply Helpful Thread reply – more options Link to this Post. It is working on your firewire drives and failing on the USB drive.

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