Intel Mac :: Time Machine Is Out Of Space?

May 16, 2012

My time machine tells me it's out of space but the time machine backup have 600GB avail. why?My total imac HD hard drive is 1TB and the backup disk is 2TB?

iMac (21.5-inch Late 2009), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Intel Mac :: Time Machine System Restore - Space Taken Up But No Files Seen

May 31, 2012

I've had a new hard drive installed on my iMac, (and the place that did it for me also installed 10.6 OS). Now, when I plugged in an external hard drive I had been using with time machine (and OS 10.5), and clicked 'restore' in the time machine interface, it transferred 200+gigs of data onto the new hard drive. However, I can't see any files anywhere - only see that that much space is now taken on the new hard drive. I've since read elsewhere that I should have used 'migration assistant' to do the job, but before I do this, I what to get rid of the 200+gig of data taking up room. How do I do this without a fresh install of the OS? (I don't have disks for 10.6).Or will the time machine restore (with migration assistant) not work between 10.5 & 10.6?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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MacBook Pro :: Time Machine Backup Fails Due To Lack Of Space, Although Plenty Of Space Available On External Drive?

Mar 14, 2012

I've bought a 1 TB iomega ego mac edition II external fire wire drive. Once connected it asked whether i want to create a password and whether i want my data encrypted, to which i answered yes. Then a time machine backup started and failed after backing up 5.25 GB out of 39 GB of my data with the following error: "The backup disk ran out of space unexpectedly. Time Machine will try to make more space available by removing expired backups during the next scheduled backup". When i look at time machine it shows there is 994.29 GB available on iomega ego drive. The drive then went into: "Encrypting Backup Disk" message and it takes forever.

MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X :: Time Machine Eating Disk Space / Eat GB's Of Hard Disk Space While Preparing Backup

Dec 11, 2009

whenever I run Time Machine on my PowerBook G4 (1.5 Ghz / 1Gb RAM / OSX 10.5.8) it will eat up GB's of hard disk space while 'preparing the backup'. After that it finishes the backup, but I don't get the space back. I'm talking about the internal HD, not the external target disk of course. Does Time Machine use the space to generate some temporary files? Any ideas how I can get my disk space back

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OS X :: Time Machine Using More Space Than Expected?

Aug 27, 2009

I have a 320GB internal hard drive and a 320GB external. Until recently, the "free" space on my external was very similar to the free space on my main drive (about 50% full). But then in the last few weeks, suddenly my external is almost full, yet my internal drive is still around 50%.

All I've done in the last few weeks is add a bunch of music to my iTunes, but that was only 5-10GB of space. I find it strange that Time Machine is using so much more space, even though it does have all the incremental backups.2 questions:

1) Anyone know why it might be using so much more space?

2) Is the 'rule of thumb' that an external drive should be bigger than the internal one, because of all the incremental backups?

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OS X :: Time Machine Backup Need More Space Than Available

Sep 6, 2010

My MBP has a 500GB HDD and I have about 70GB free. My backup drive is also a 500GB HDD and has been erased. I chose the drive for my Time Machine backup but it fails and Time Machine says it needs 507GB when the estimated was only 429GB. Why does it need the additional 80GB?

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OS X :: Phantom HD Space On My Time Machine?

Jul 11, 2010

I just bought a new HD 500gb to put my time machine on, and it has 34 GB of phantom space. I have 84GB being used for my files, but yet 34GB of unknown space. Is that for the program itself?

Or did I do something wrong in setup.

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ITunes :: My Time Machine Out Of Space

May 3, 2012

I back up to a time capsule. I got a message saying that the last backup failed due to lack of space. It used to auto-delete old backups to make space for new ones. I entered time machine preferences and didn't see an option for "delete old backups to make space for new". I'm running the latest version of Lion with the latest update for Time Capsule installed.

Info:MacBookPro, iOS 5.1, Late 2011 2.4 GHz 750GB 5400 RPM

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OS X Mavericks :: Time Machine Out Of Space?

Jun 2, 2014

I have a external hard drive that I have partitioned with 350 gig allocated for my Time Machine back up. Its telling me "back up faile" and that I need to delet files to free up space. It clearly says in the preference panel that "oldest backup are deleted when disc becomes full. I'm pretty tech savvy and it looks like the Time Machine optiond are pretty simple. Why wont this just continue to save the latest backup over that last one? I dont need a history of backups. I just want to have one back up that I do maybe monthly. 

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mavericks (10.9)

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IMac :: Time Machine Says I Don't Have Enough Space For A Backup?

Nov 18, 2010

I have done a clean install of Snow Leopard and used migration assistant with time machine to bring system back to original state. My problem is time machine now says I don't have enough space for a backup. The iMac has a new hard drive so I am not sure what is going on. I could always Format and restart TM but I am not real happy about trying that. It will be may last resort.

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OS X :: Time Machine And Hard Drive Space

Aug 26, 2009

Well my last couple of Time Machine back ups have been huge like 60GBs and my initial was approx. 100gbs, I thought time machine made smaller backups after the initial one not huge ones. Also, it seems like something is eating up my hdd space; last week I had 100gbs free and now I have only 50 and no major changes have been made to my mac so I am quite confused. Also, in my Music Folder I see a list of all of my artists and a folder called iTunes with all my apps but it also has a folder in that called iTunes Music which is 32 gb. That folder has a list of all my artists but I don't see a couple in the other folder that are in my iTunes Music folder. I used Disk Inventory X which gave me 10gbs.

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Hardware :: Time Machine Low On Space Message

May 18, 2010

Got a message that my Time Machine was low on space. What is the best way to take care of this? New to MAC. I assume I would want the initial backup to always stay in place so I could go back to original? Is there a way to delete one time slot or even maybe a week or month? IMac Quad.

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OS X :: Time Machine HDD Space Requirement For Backup?

Jun 22, 2010

May I know if lets say the size of my MBP's HDD is 500gb, must i get a bigger hdd just so time machine can work or i can just get another 500gb?

reason for asking is because, due to those computer calculation etc, the external harddisk maybe a couple of mbs smaller than that of the internet harddisk.

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OS X :: Finding Appropriate Hdd Space For Time Machine Backup?

Jun 26, 2010

What should the optimum space of my external HD be, in order to keep my Timemachine backup in? My MBPros HD is 185GB, how big should the external drive in which the TM backup will be made? And why?

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MacBook Air :: Time Machine Back Up Not Enough Space?

May 6, 2012

I just tried to back up my Mac Book Air and I use OS X 10.7.3.   

I got a message which said that there was not enough space on my external hard drive.   The message said that I needed 50 GB and the external drive only has 43 of space... Note, when I check out the hard drive, it says:  ""Available 43.63 of 249.93". 

The sole purpose of my hard drive is for back up purposes.  So,  there isn't anything other data or information on the drive..

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MacBook Pro :: Time Machine Says Not Enough Space On 1T External HD

Jun 3, 2014

My Mac Book Pro has 57 Gb and the time machine says there's not enough space on a 1T external HD. Why?

MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2012), iOS 7.1.1, Time machine back up

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MacBook Pro :: How Much Space Required For Time Machine Backup

Aug 28, 2010

i was wondering how much space should i partition for my time machine backups on my 500 GB external drive. I currently use about 120 GB of my 320 GB internal MBP hard drive. Would 350 GB be enough for my time machine backups? Or more or less. What did you guys do?

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MacBook Pro :: How Much Space Does A Time Machine Backup Require

Jan 4, 2011

I have a 15" MBP with a 250GB HDD. I have about 150 gigs free, so obviously only 100 gigs are in use. So if I use my external HDD to backup to Time Machine, will I only need 100 gigs of it, or will Time Machine need the full 250GB for the backup?

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OS X :: Deleting Files Frees Up Space In Time Machine?

May 6, 2009

Last week I was doing some late night backing up of some DVD's I own. (7x7GB).

I MTR'd them to get the video_TS folders on my desk top, so I could toast them back on to DVDs,

I tought I may as well put them on to my iPhone, so I re-encoded them into MP4 (7x500MB), then copied them into iTunes (again 7x500MB).

I reaslied today that I forgot to turn off Time-machine when I was doing all this and my backup grew by 60 GB!!


If I go into Time-machine and track down these video files and "deleate all instances" of them, will it free up the 60 GB on my external drive for Time-machine to be able to back upu more vital stuff?

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OS X :: Why Does Time Machine Report Different Amount Of Space Left

Feb 17, 2010

I understand that time machine doesn't back up certain directories, and so the actual backup size is different, but why does the log say that my drive has 210gb of free space after time machine, but the mounted volume say it has 226gb free? I recently deleted my timemachine plist and reformatted my external oak to start time machine fresh. Is this a difference between metric an binary counting of bytes?

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OS X :: Time Machine Not Enough Space / Deleted All My Previous Backups

Jun 14, 2010

After searching the internet for a couple of hours I've given up and I'll bother you all with a question.

I've been using Time Machine since around december when I got a 1TB external LaCie. I've partitioned 250gb of it to back up the 180gb OS X partition on my mbp (yes I know it's not a ton of space for backup). It's been working wonderfully for 6 months. Even saved me once, found a file I had accidentally deleted.

I've had absolutely no trouble until yesterday.

I plugged in my Time Machine drive after 3 or 4 days of running around with my mbp and doing some light work. A few minutes go by and Time Machine has calculated that 85gb (usually it's at most 1-2 gigs for a full day backup, no idea how it went up to 85) and that there are only 74gb available, so the backup fails.

That's odd, so I try again. Same thing. So I enter Time Machine and I find that only one backup date is available, June 10th. Apparently the last time it was plugged in. So I exit Time Machine and browse through the drive itself via Finder and find that, sure enough, there is only one backup folder in existence. It seems like Time Machine deleted all my previous backups in order to fit this massive 85gb 4 days backup.

So does this mean everything is really gone, and that's why it wants to backup 85gb (just over half of the used space on my drive)? I'm pretty confused as to why this would happen, and what it means.

Any other options other than wiping and starting over?

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Time Machine Not Recognizing Full Space Available On NAS

Jun 16, 2012

I recently purchsed and set up an Iomega Storcenter ix4-200d NAS with Time Machine support.The NAS has 8 TB storage total, with ~4.6 TB available.I have TIme Machine support turned on in the Storcenter, assigned to a folder called "Time-Machine." In my OSX Time Machine preferences, I select the "Time-Machine" folder on my NAS as the back-up disk, and my Mac connects to it just fine.The challenge is Time Machine returns an error saying there isn't enough space on the backup disk to complete the backup.For some reason, Time Machine is only recognizing 536.36 GB of space available on the backup disk, even though there are ~4.6 TB available.I tried manually moving my iTunes media folder (~700 GB) to the "Time-Machine" folder on my NAS to see if the Iomega NAS was arbitrarily setting a max size to a Time Machine folder.I was able to manually move just under 1 TB of data to the same "Time-Machine" folder that Time Machine says only has 536.36 GB of space.

I tried deleting the Time-Machine store on my NAS, turning Time Machine support off, then turning it back off and creating a new "Time-Machine" folder.I did this several times and still get the same behavior.I even tried running Time Machine piecemeal, excluding larger folders at first and running a back-up, to see if maybe Time Machine wasn't liking that large of an initial backup.This worked, and then I gradually removed some exclusions and ran back-ups again, so each back-up size was never more than 200 GBs or so. However, after several back-ups, I received the same error message saying there wasn't enough space on the backup disk when the total sparsbundle size reached 536.36 GBs.Since I can manually move more than 536.36 GB of data to the backup disk, I'm guessing it must be something with Time Machine not recognizing the full space available on the NAS.

iMac (27-inch Late 2009), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X Mavericks :: Limit Amount Of Space Used By Time Machine?

Aug 28, 2014

I bought a Promise Pegasus2 to replace all my external drives, including Time Machine. The only problem is that I don't want my backups filling 12TB of disk space that I'll be using for other files as well. 

Is there no option to set a quota or limit as to how much space Time Machine can use? The Promise Utility doesn't have any options either.

iMac (27-inch, Late 2012), OS X Mavericks (10.9.4)

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Hardware :: Using Extra Time Machine HD Space As Additional Storage?

Dec 29, 2008

I've been using my external hard drive for Time Machine for a while now (a Western Digital My Book) and have only used up about 100 of its 500 GB capacity. However, I'd like to temporarily use the remaining space on the drive as extra storage, since my other hard drive just died. Is there any way to do this without erasing everything that I've backed up with Time Machine already?

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Applications :: Freeing Up Space By Deleting Music From Time Machine?

Apr 24, 2009

I just got an external hard drive because I have thousands of songs that my macbook cannot hold.

I am using Time Machine to put everything on my external but I was wondering....if I delete the music on my computer so that I just have it on my external - will Time machine delete it off my external when it automatically updates since it is no longer on my computer?

I want to download more music but am scared of losing any old music.

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Applications :: Free Up Space On My Time Machine / Says Backup Full

May 5, 2009

or set it up to overwrite the oldest works fine on my laptop, but i added my new imac to the time machine backup and it never works b/c it says backup full, so its yet to do a backup

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Applications :: Time Machine Taking Much Space / Minimize The Size Of Backups?

Jul 20, 2010

I have my Mac on a TM backup on a 500gb HDD and its been backing up for about a month now. The maximum space is just about 500gb but time machine has brought it to 338gb with each backup taking 10-20gb. Is this normal? On my other Mac (an aluminum imac C2D), the backups take roughly 80gb of space and on my MBP im already up to 159gb worth of backups. Is there a way to minimize the size of backups?

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MacBook Pro :: Hard Drive Space Disappearing - Turn Off Time Machine?

Apr 18, 2012

When I send files to trash the disc space is not freed up.I've looked on the forums and some people have had success with turning off time machine.I didn't set time machine up because I back up to a portable hard drive only the space is disappearing on that too!

MacBook Pro

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OS X Mavericks :: Why Does Time Machine Say Wireless Hard Drive Doesn't Have Enough Space When It Clearly Does

Dec 1, 2014

I have a 2 TB western digital hard drive connected via USB to my airport extreme (Y2012) that i've been using the past 2 years to connect to wirelessly. The hard drive has 2 partitions, ~1 TB each. 1 partition for backing up, the other for storing media. Recently I deleted my macbook pro backup. My macbook pro has a 500GB hard drive, of which about 120 GB is free. 

Since I deleted the old time machine backup disk image and told time machine to start a new backup, I am now receiving an error. It's telling me there isn't enough room on the drive, when the 1TB partition i'm trying to use (as i've sucessfully done in the past) has nothing on it. 1 full TB free, and my macbook pro can't backup a 500 GB hard drive, which isn't even full itself. 

I have a macbook pro early 2011, and I never know when the board is going to go koput again and I don't currently have a backup of my stuff while this problem persists. 

Macbook Pro 2011 Thunderbolt, Mac OS X (10.7.2)

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Dec 2, 2014

I just got a new 256GB SSD drive for my mac, I want to import my data from time machine backup, but its larger than 256GB since it used to be on my old optical drive. How can I import my latest backup keeping out some big files on the external drive?

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