OS X :: Time Machine Doesn't Recognize Volume?

Sep 12, 2009

I recently formatted one of my external hard drive to use with Time Machine and I get this error message. The drive is the Seagate on the right.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Migration Assistant Doesn't See Time Machine Volume?

Mar 6, 2012

I'm moving from a MacBook Pro running 10.6.8 to a MBP running 10.7.5. I thought this would be pretty simple  ... just attach my Snow Leopard Time Machine external drive to the Lion MBP and run Migration Assistant. 

But when I go through the MA steps, MA does not see my TM drive. I've made sure I have the latest upgrades and have run Disk Utility's First Aid on the TM drive. 

Ideas? I know I can try MA with other interfaces but using TM allows me to work on my old computer until my new one is ready. 

The TM drive is a 500GB Iomega eGo drive. 

Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X :: Older Mac Doesn't Recognize Newer Time Machine Backup

Jul 8, 2010

I got a new MBP (running Snow Leopard). I used Migration Assistant to migrate the data and setting from my old MBP (running Leopard) from my Time Capsule backup onto the new MBP. All went smoothly, and I used the new computer for a day to check all was well. This included testing Time Machine on the existing Time Capsule - all the old backups were there and it worked perfectly. the new computer also successfully added to these backups. So I wanted to refresh the old mac, so I booted from the old Leopard install disk, wiped the drive with Disk Utility, and did a clean install of Leopard. All was fine. Now I connected to the Time Capsule and attempted to use Migration Assistant to put a my stuff back onto the old computer. It wouldn't do this (couldn't see any backups). Does Migration Assistant only allow transfers from old systems onto new, not the other way round? This is a major bummer, if so. How can I get my stuff from my new computer back onto my old? Do I have to upgrade the old one to Snow Leopard in order to do this?

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OS X :: Time Machine Doesn't Recognize Old Backup / Logic Board Replacement

Oct 24, 2010

I recently had my logic board on my MacBook Pro replaced and when I tried to backup, Time Machine did not recognize the old backup on the drive and tries to create a new one. The drive is mounted fine.

Is there a way to continue using my old backup, or do I need to delete it and create a new one?

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OS X :: Logic Board Replaced - Time Machine Doesn't Recognize Old Backup?

Dec 31, 2008

Had to have the logic board in my Mac Pro replaced due to faulty audio input jack.

Time machine backs up to an external drive (DROBO array).

When I brought the machine back home, time machine does not recognize the old backup (last backup never) and doesn't have room to backup a new system because the old TM files take up most of the drivespace.

Is there a way to "force" time machine to accept an old TM backup file? I don't want to delete everything and start again. I assume this is because the logic board (motherboard) was replaced.

Note that the system drive and all internal hard drives were not modified, and the OS was not reinstalled or anything like that.

One other item: the tech forgot to run some software at apple and my machine currently has no serial number (about this mac...) assigned. They are sending out a tech to fix this - does time machine back up based on serial number?

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OS X :: Time Machine Doesn't Recognize Old Backup After Logic Board Replacement

Sep 2, 2009

I recently had my logic board on my MacBook Pro replaced and when I tried to backup, Time Machine did not recognize the old backup on the drive and tries to create a new one. The drive is mounted fine.

Is there a way to continue using my old backup, or do I need to delete it and create a new one?

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IMac (Intel) :: Migration Assistant Doesn't Recognize Time Machine On External HDD

Sep 1, 2014

Using Migration Assistant, I'm trying to transfer back-up files (whole system) from my Western Digital, External HDD to a new-to-me iMac which I've just purchased used. The External HDD has all my files (hopefully!) from my recently stolen iMac. As you can imagine, the circumstances are a bit unexpected and unsettling.

I've followed Apple's instructions for using MA with an external drive, but get hung up like others before me when it comes time for my new (used) computer to locate the disc from which to transfer the files. I've read the replies to others who have posted with similar difficulties using Snow Leopard, but resolving the issue seems to be just out of reach.  

Original computer is now unavailable (stolen); it last ran on Snow Leopard, 10.6.3 to 6.8.New computer is used, and also runs on 10.6.8.Both computers are iMac 2009, tho slightly different versions, if that has any bearing on things.I created a temporary account on my new-to-me computer to make the data transfer, so that there wouldn't be an accounts conflict, as others have suggested.Western Digital External HDD, "My Book, Studio Edition," 1TB. I'm using the FireWire 800 port on the iMac. If I need to erase the hard drive on my "new" computer, I'll need a little instruction and hand-holding on that one. 

iMac (24-inch Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X :: Using Time Machine Restoring On New HDD - Time Machine To Recognize The Backup

Nov 19, 2008

I just replaced my HD on my 15"MBP. The install went well until restoring my data from Time Machine. The apps came over fine but none of my data did. Yes, I checked all the boxes on the "restore from backup" menu.

Of course now when I start up time machine the backup isn't there. How do I get Time Machine to recognize the backup? I have it on two places - a time capsule and a separate external HD.

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Applications :: Virtual Machine On Remote Computer Doesn't Recognize Keyboard?

Sep 29, 2010

I am using Apple Remote Desktop to control a Mac OS X Snow Leopard system with a Mac OS X Snow Leopard system. On the computer being controlled, I launch Windows 7 through Parallels Desktop Mac version 6. Once the VM is launched, for some reason it doesn't seem to recognize the keyboard as it will not allow me to Ctrl-Alt-Delete. I can use Ctrl-Alt-Delete through the keyboard menu, but I cannot enter in my Windows password.

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MacBook Air :: Its Suddenly Doesn't Recognize Printer On Time Capsule Network

Mar 20, 2012

MBA suddenly doesn't recognize printer on time capsule network even though MBP still prints to it on network all 10.7.3

imac, MBP

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Hardware :: Put Together As JBOD As Time Machine Volume

Dec 16, 2008

I have two 750 gb drives that I want to put together as a JBOD as a Time Machine volume. Is there an advantage to having the drives in an external enclosure, such as this one, vs. inside my tower? If inside the tower, I'm concerned that if there's a failure of my boot drive that I would lose the JBOD TM backup.

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OS X :: Time Machine Won't Recognize Existing Backup?

Nov 22, 2007

I'm having a perplexing issue with Time Machine. Time Machine (the app) recognizes all the backups made to its drive; however, System Preferences doesn't recognize the last backups and won't make automatic backups to the drive. When I try to force a backup, it starts an entirely new backup (as in, separate folder and the whole system).

I just want Time Machine and System Preferences to recognize the backup that I've been running for weeks.

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IMac :: Time Machine Does Not Recognize Old MAC Addy?

Aug 9, 2010

I have a 24" Dual Core IMAC, Snow Leopard 10.6.4 and have a new MAC address. My external hard drive (Time Machine) stopped working when I got the new MAC addy. The problem is that I do not have the old MAC addy. Is there any way to get my good IOMEGA hard drive to start working again with Time Machine? If so -- how?

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Intel Mac :: Time Machine Does Not Recognize Backup

Jun 15, 2012

I just did a clean install of Lion on my 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo iMac. Before I did that, I made sure that everything was backed up on an external drive through Time Machine. Now I want to restore everything and when I enter Time Machine, all that is visible for back ups are those that were done after the clean install of Lion. 

when I open the files on the external back up drive through Finder, I can still see all of the back ups that were completed, including the most recent that I want to use to restore my iMac. I am considering another clean install to start the process again. 

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.4), 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo

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OS X :: Time Machine Error - Backup Volume Is Read Only?

Nov 15, 2007

Time Machine has been running fine for a week now. Suddenly, today, I get this error message:

The Machine Error

The backup volume is read only.

To select a different volume, open System Preferences and choose Time Machine.

I didn't change anything to make it read-only, and it's far from full.

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Applications :: Time Machine Cannot Find Backup Volume?

Feb 20, 2009

I just got my Mac back from a repair at the Apple Store. I was very excited to have everything back. However, Time Machine cannot back up! The error given is that the backup volume "cannot be found."

I've tried rebooting, remounting the drive and doing checks on it. Everything checks out. I can even write and read to and from the backup volume just fine via Finder. The only issue is that Time Machine can't. What's the problem? How do I fix it?

Attached is a screenshot of my Finder window next to the Time Machine Sys Prefs window.

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OS X :: Move Existing Time Machine Backup To New Volume

Mar 4, 2009

I have been backing up my computers to an external HD with Time Machine for some time, but I just bought a 1Tb Time Capsule today. Is there a way to move/copy my existing TM backups to the new drive (in the Time Capsule), rather than starting a whole new backup, so that I can preserve my existing TM 'history'? I could just start a new backup, but it would only back up the 'current state', and I would lose all the prior data.

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Restore A Second Volume From Time Machine?

Apr 15, 2012

I lost an external hard drive due to failure. Luckily, I found out that for some reason Time Machine had backed up the drive's volume along with my startup internal drive.Now I just want to restore that lost drive's volume folder from Time Machine to a NEW external drive. However, I imagine that if I merely click "Restore" from Time Machine app it will attempt to put this volume (which is 100GB) onto my internal drive.

Is there a way to direct the location of the restore of that volume folder to my new external drive? Or can I just go into my Time Machine Backup drive and drag and drop the volume contents from the Time Machine volume onto it?

Info:Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Quad Core, Intel Xeon

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Cannot Install On A Volume Used By Time Machine For Backups

May 23, 2012

I installed Snow Leopard, upgraded it to OS X 10.6.8, paid for and spent the hours necessary to download Lion, but Lion will not install. Even though it says the requirements are 10.6.6 or greater, when I try to install, I get a message saying I need 10.7. to install Lion.

Info:iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Time Machine Only Shows Volume Instead Of Files

Jun 19, 2012

Had to get my HD replaced in my iMac. Have been trying to get individual files off my Time Machine backup.  

I go the "Browse other time machine disks" route but when it opens all it ever shows me is a single file with the name of my old HD. It won't display any files inside that volume.  

I can "Show package contents" on the file itself to get to the files inside but it seems like some files are restored in time machine only.

Specifically the itunes library file gets broken into ,last, add , delete files, which my current iTunes install errors on when trying to import.

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OS X Mavericks :: Changed Time Machine Volume Name - Not Recognized As Same

Aug 20, 2014

I needed to change my backup volume's name. Now it's not recognized by TimeMachine any more. It seems I can only choose this volume again AND delete older backups, which I do NOT want. 

How can I just continue on this volume with its new name?

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OS X :: Time Machine Not Recognize ITunes Library On External HD

May 6, 2010

I have moved my ITunes Library to an external hard drive, when i go to back up on Time Machine(also external drive) it wont recognise my external hard drives Itunes library (yes it is plugged in) is there any other way I can back up periodically without time machine?

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OS X :: How To Configure Time Machine So It Doesn't Do A Complete Backup Every Time

Mar 7, 2009

Can someone tell me how to configure Time Machine so it doesn't do a complete backup every time?I seem to get constant errors because my disk space fills up quickly. For some reason I don't think it did this when I first started using it. I use SuperDuper also, but have a drive connected to my iMac all the time for Time Machine.

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OS X :: Time Machine/unable To Copying Files To Backup Volume?

Nov 23, 2008

Any clues to this error... I've been getting it fairly frequently as of late. Probably every few days.

Unable to complete backup. An error occurred while copying files to the backup volume.

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OS X :: Unable To Backup Data Via Time Machine / Volume Cannot Be Mounted

Jan 1, 2009

I've spent a good deal of time over three days trying to do something that I think is both doable and shouldn't be all that hard. I have a 750gb external HD attached to a Mini, and I'd like to use that drive to do TM backups for the Mini, as well as three MacBooks.

But I can't seem to get access to the backup drive from the laptops to either get going in the first place, or to remain available for TM. I get "volume can't be mounted" errors, "image can't be mounted errors", etc. I find that I can't ever eject the backup drive from the Mini (always told an application is using it...even if I've just booted up the Mini). And with one of the MacBooks, even a direct FW connection to the drive doesn't result in the drive showing up in Finder.

Isn't this a pretty straightforward thing to do? Is there a step by step somewhere that might help me figure out what I'm doing wrong, or what I need to fix? Should I reformat the drive again and start over (there are no important backups on it yet)? By the way, the drive is formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

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OS X :: Unable To Backup With Time Machine / External Volume Cannot Be Mounted

Mar 14, 2009

I'm having trouble backing up with Time Machine. Here's the setup:

1. Three, 1TB external hard drives in a concatenated software RAID. This means that they are treated as one large drive. There is no mirroring, no increased data rate, blah blah blah. It's just three hard drives in the place of one. I am aware that this means my backup is three times as likely to fail with the hardware, but that's OK.

2. These three are connected to a USB hub.

3. This hub is connected to a G5 tower. The G5 tower can back up to the concatenated drives (I'll call them just a RAID from here on), and also all additional external hard drives that I connect to the G5 tower have been backing up to the RAID no problem. This is great.

Here's the problem:

I'm trying to get two more computers to back up to the RAID wirelessly. I read a lot online about how this didn't used to be a supported feature (backing up to an external hard drive over a network with time machine), but that Apple has recently upgraded Time Machine to support this functionality.

The first computer I started with to try to backup over the network was a Macbook Pro, trying to get it to backup to this RAID. It can see the RAID over the network, mount it, copy files to it/read it, but CANNOT time machine backup to it. I select the network RAID as the backup device, hit "back up now," then get this message:

"The external volume cannot be mounted."

This is really bizzare, considering that it is mounted, and that I can copy to it. Just for your information, I have an airport extreme wireless network that has been working beautifully, no Keychain access issues, no 3rd party firewall, nothing. I've run through Applecare on this issue: the MacBook Pro has never done ANY time machine backup on the RAID, not even a partial one, so there's no dangling sparse bundle or backup folder or anything like that. All network permissions check out, etc. I've tried repairing the RAID with disk utility, as well as repairing permissions (although I have not done either of these things to the MacBookPro).

The latest thing I tried was plugging the RAID directly into the Macbook Pro. Here's where I got the first clue (at least I think so)...Plugged DIRECTLY into the MacBook Pro, the RAID will mount, but the MacBook Pro WILL NOT backup to the RAID. It gives me the same message: the selected volume cannot be mounted. Again, this is strange considering that, just like when I am viewing the RAID over the network, plugged directly into the MacBook Pro the RAID will mount, I can read it, copy files to it, etc.

I have considered plugging the RAID into the Airport extreme directly, but first of all this would mean much slower transfer speeds with the G5 tower, which is a big issue considering the files I am backing up every day, and two, since it seems that the RAID won't be recognized by the MacBook Pro even when plugged in directly, I'm thinking that this is a more fundamental issue.

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OS X :: Leopard Install Disc In And Restored To Time Machine Volume?

Sep 2, 2009

I use a lot of plug ins for music production in Logic. Like an idiot, i upgraded to snow leopard, after having this problem with the upgrade to leopard from tiger. Of course half of my plug ins dont work.So i Time Machine backed up everything on my HD. I put my old leopard install disc in and restored to my Time Machine volume. It took about 2 and a half hours.

At the end of that, it asks you to restart, and i do and as soon as the apple pops up on the off-white screen, kernel panic and i have to restart. this is never ending
Ive tried repairing and verifying disk permissions from the leopard disc of my HD and still nothing.My final guess would be to just do a clean install of Leopard and then restore from time machine again. This seems SUPER risky to me as there are TONS of important project session files that i CANT afford to lose.Everything is backed up on my Time Machine drive, im still just a little nervous about doing this.Anyone have any other ideas and does this sound like a secure plan?

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Cannot Install On A Volume Used By Time Machine For Backups

Apr 4, 2012

OS X: Cannot install on a volume used by Time Machine for backups

MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Time Machine Backup Of RAID1 Data Volume(s)?

Jun 19, 2012

if i am running my new lion OS on drive #1 and i have a Raid1 array on drive #3 and #4 with all my DATA - can i back this up using Time Machine? i would like to place my OS's on a single drive and have my DATA in a raid array but if this means that i lose the ability to retain a Time Machine backup of my data i will simply upgrade to Lion and keep the data on this drive so it can continue to get backed up in time. 

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Disk Utility Can't Repair Time Machine Volume?

Jul 2, 2012

I have an external WD drive in a self-enclosed case, both purchased from OWC, used for my Time Machine backups. The disk and backups have been running just fine since I began using this disk over a year ago. 

When I plugged in my disk yesterday (USB), it didn't mount. I ran Disk Utility on my 'Time Machine' partition, starting with verify disk. It reported that it needed to be repaired. When I run repair, it runs for several minutes and I see information of what is being done -- incorrect block count for file shutdown_time, incorrect block count for file permStore, etc -- but I always ends with "Disk Utility can't repair this disk" and that it needs to be reformatted. 

I've run Repair Disk multiple times, all with the same answer so it seems running it again won't change the problem. Reformatting and starting fresh with Time Machine seems to be the only course of action 

What specific issues should I be aware of as I reformat my Time Machine drive/app partition?

iPhone 4S, Mac OS X (10.7.4), MBP, 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7

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