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    Time Machine failure using Time Capsule
    So on my first attempt at backing up my entire machine (2 x 3GHz Intel Xeon 8GB MHz with two harddrives built-in 500MB + 250MB) onto my new Time Capsule, it failed. Not sure how. Must have happened in the middle of the night. Had some cryptic message which I didn't write down in the morning (basically, attempt failed). Since then, I got it to work. It seems to have backed up both harddrives (although I wish it didn't). Now,
    13 days into successful backups, I get the following message:

    [B]Disc Repair
    The disc "my mac" was not repairable by this computer. It is being made available to you with limited functionality. You must back up your data and reformat the disc as soon as possible.

    Followed by another pop up warning:
    [B]Time Machine Error
    The backup volume is read only. To select a different volume, open System Preferences and choose Time Machine.

    Sometimes two different capules show up, each with different icons.
    1. 3 figures holding hands.
    2. Circle arrow icon

    Does anyone know what might be happening? And, is there a way I can erase the whole time capsule and start from scratch? I suspect that since I failed the first backup, things have spiraled out of control.

    Please help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macdaddycheese View Post
    So on my first attempt at backing up my entire machine (2 x 3GHz Intel Xeon 8GB MHz with two harddrives built-in 500MB + 250MB) onto my new Time Capsule, it failed. Not sure how. Must have happened in the middle of the night. Had some cryptic message which I didn't write down in the morning (basically, attempt failed). Since then, I got it to work. It seems to have backed up both harddrives (although I wish it didn't). Now,
    13 days into successful backups, I get the following message:

    [B]Disc Repair
    The disc "my mac" was not repairable by this computer. It is being made available to you with limited functionality. You must back up your data and reformat the disc as soon as possible.

    Followed by another pop up warning:
    [B]Time Machine Error
    The backup volume is read only. To select a different volume, open System Preferences and choose Time Machine.

    Sometimes two different capules show up, each with different icons.
    1. 3 figures holding hands.
    2. Circle arrow icon

    Does anyone know what might be happening? And, is there a way I can erase the whole time capsule and start from scratch? I suspect that since I failed the first backup, things have spiraled out of control.

    Please help.
    I think your TC disk is full hence it sets itself as read-only. I guess you meant that you have a 500GB disk and a 250GB disk inbuilt.

    When it started backing up the first time do you remember what was the size it mentioned?

    Are you able to create a new folder on your TC's disk? I guess not.

    1TB time capsule has 978GB apprx for use.
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    Yes I have two internal harddrives (500+250) and a 1TB time capsule. The memory says I have 1.6 TB available which isn't even possible. Hymm?

    I really didn't want it backing up my 500 HD at all (just my photos), but I had no control at the beginning of the process as it initially grabs everything (bad idea. Too much junk on my machine. Wish I could control that from the start).

    I find the machine is so simple it has no controls for the thing, let alone any real instructions. The troubleshooting guide leaves few details. Which is fine if its running good. Bad, if things happen.

    How about this? I'd love to completely erase the time capsule. Just toss everything and restart the initial backup. Is this possible? Can you tell me how?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by macdaddycheese View Post
    Yes I have two internal harddrives (500+250) and a 1TB time capsule. The memory says I have 1.6 TB available which isn't even possible. Hymm?

    I really didn't want it backing up my 500 HD at all (just my photos), but I had no control at the beginning of the process as it initially grabs everything (bad idea. Too much junk on my machine. Wish I could control that from the start).

    I find the machine is so simple it has no controls for the thing, let alone any real instructions. The troubleshooting guide leaves few details. Which is fine if its running good. Bad, if things happen.

    How about this? I'd love to completely erase the time capsule. Just toss everything and restart the initial backup. Is this possible? Can you tell me how?

    Thanks in advance!

    Open Airport Utility
    Click on 'Manual Setup' on the left botton corner of the AIrport utility
    On the top you will see 'Airport', 'Internet', Printers, Disks. Here go to disks and you will see your Time capsule's 1TB disk and you will see an option to ERASE. Click that and wait until you are done. This will give you a brand new TC disk.


    On time machine's preferences you will see OPTION and a + and a - sign. Click on the plus sign and add all the folders you want to skip backing up.
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    thanks!

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