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    Apple Time Machine - backup full?

    We got a new iMac about a year ago and got the Time Machine external HD to do backups - both are the 1 TB version.

    all was well till a few days ago, when we started getting messages that our backup failed; essentially it is telling us tat the backup disk is full. I am getting from the messages that there is a partition for backups on the time machine that allows for so many backups on a portion of the 1 TB disk (we have at least 70% or so of the iMac's HD unused).

    does anyone know what the best course of action is here? Should we make the backup partition bigger to allow for more backups, or simply erase the backup and start over fresh from today?
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    Either/or. Call Apple Tech Support. Time for Apple to come out with a 2TB Time Capsule.

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    I did a check and it verified the unit is fine....but it gave a "repair" option, so I said 'wth?' and clicked it as I was running out to work this morning.

    Hopefully all my data will still be there when I get home tonight
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgoat View Post
    I did a check and it verified the unit is fine....but it gave a "repair" option, so I said 'wth?' and clicked it as I was running out to work this morning.

    Hopefully all my data will still be there when I get home tonight
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    I think you will come home to an apartment full of magic blue smoke, caption balloons and live LOLCats.
    That's everyday, dude
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    nice
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    I've never used Time Machine... Sorry!
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    Whoah.

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    Get a PC.

    (How come I am the first to say this?)

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    So you're saying only 30% is being used for backups? The other 70% is COMPLETELY unused? I say either extend the partition or rebuild it (not too familiar with NFS and if it's happy with resizes).

    Alternatively, you can turn it off, erase the partition and turn it back on, it will clear all backups and give you room again. This isn't great procedure (it's terrible), but Apple seems to have not given Time Machine users many options into this.

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    the really bizarre thing is it says the size of the backup disk in 1.9 TB

    Not sure how that is possible since the backup drive is only 1 TB

    We have a 300GB external iOmega hooked up to the iMac and the Time Machine backs that up as well, although we only have maybe 50GB used on there, tops. So it's still basically about 400 GB at most that need to be backed up...
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgoat View Post
    the really bizarre thing is it says the size of the backup disk in 1.9 TB
    It may (should) be two drives configured in a RAID, otherwise I'd find the whole concept of hot backup being lost on Apple's consumer development department.

    I know basically nothing about the time machine, I run my own backup server with RAID drives. -shrugs- I like the complete control over it.

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    I like Time Machine, but it is made to be a simple, yet working solution for most people. If you go past just an external hard disk or Time Capsule, you tend to run into problems.

    These cases, something like Retrospect 8 should be considered, or another good backup program.

    Of course, I highly recommend Mozy as a second line of defense.

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    It's been fine and hands off till now. We used Retrospect on the iOmega external HD and I found it lacking in user friendliness.

    oddly it seems to be working again....maybe whatever the repair I did worked. It may have erased the old backups but I am not sure....I gotta call Apple when I have 5 seconds home during business hours.
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    (How come I am the first to say this?)
    Oh, that will solve everything.

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    Oh, that will solve everything.
    I call it pCad bait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgoat View Post
    It's been fine and hands off till now. We used Retrospect on the iOmega external HD and I found it lacking in user friendliness.

    oddly it seems to be working again....maybe whatever the repair I did worked. It may have erased the old backups but I am not sure....I gotta call Apple when I have 5 seconds home during business hours.
    Retrospect just got completely re-coded with Retrospect 8. The previous version was pretty dated (almost the same UI since version 1.0 I was using to back up my System 6.0.4 Mac SE to floppies in 1989.) However, Retrospect 8 is at the par of the PC version and offers the same features (AES-256 encryption, etc.)

    I highly recommend taking a look... it is a free upgrade for Mac users using the previous version.

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    The simple solution is to quit backing up. That ****'s way too hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    The simple solution is to quit backing up. That ****'s way too hard.
    True.

    Is there really any data that can't be replaced or forgotten about?

    May as well wish for video of stuff you did in the 70's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    Is there really any data that can't be replaced or forgotten about?
    Face it: computers are toys. Nothing important has ever been done on a computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlts22 View Post
    Retrospect just got completely re-coded with Retrospect 8. The previous version was pretty dated (almost the same UI since version 1.0 I was using to back up my System 6.0.4 Mac SE to floppies in 1989.) However, Retrospect 8 is at the par of the PC version and offers the same features (AES-256 encryption, etc.)

    I highly recommend taking a look... it is a free upgrade for Mac users using the previous version.
    thanks - I will def. do that


    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    The simple solution is to quit backing up. That ****'s way too hard.
    to be honest there ain't much on my computer that's all that important
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    +1

    Unless you are doing intense video editing, Macs are useless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hnsq View Post
    Unless you are doing intense video editing, Macs are useless.
    where's botto with that sweeping statement wrist slap when ya need it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgoat View Post
    where's botto with that sweeping statement wrist slap when ya need it?
    As a computer programmer, I don't like an OS that hides so much from the user.

    In my opinion a mac is to computers what an automatic transmission is to a car. It is easier, but gives you less control.

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