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hello there

i have just bought a seagate 1t usb 2 hardrive

i have partitioned it in 2 mac os journal partitions

1 to use for files and 1 to use with time machine..

when i select the partition i want to use with time machine

it just says preparing for like 2 hours is this normal??


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The first backup to time machine can take ages!!!!
Be very patient with it. It can also take longer depending on how much you have on your computer.

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making back up disk avaliable.....
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My first TM back up took nearly 7 hours.

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7 hours wow

my hardrive is only 120 gig
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Well ok, you should be fine then. If it's not done soon, report back.
My back up was for about 800 Gig....

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its just stuck on making back up disk available.....

could this be because i am using it on a partition?

i formated it as guid like instructed and mac os journeld

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The first backup goes through a verifying process, you can skip it by clicking on time machine icon in the upper right corner of the screen (it's there in the menu). This should make the first backup a lot faster.
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i dont have that option only stop backing up or enter time machine

its been on making backup disk for like 3 hours now
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I think it's because it had already verified it (3 hours should be enough). In the beginning the option is there, now you just have to wait. It's a good idea to get closer to the time capsule to achieve better signal and speed.
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im using a external hd not time capsule
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I'm sorry, I was thinking that you are using this hard drive as external with a time capsule.
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You have nothing to lose by cancelling the back up, reformat, and start over really.
I can't explain why it has hung up on you like this, maybe the partition didn't create properly, though it's unlikely.
Was the external HD brand new?

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What do the console logs indicate ?
Launch Console.app from Applications->Utilities and look at " All messages " where the sender column contains something like .backupd

Follow that chain back in time and see what TimeMachine is actually doing.
That will give an indication as to why it takes so long.

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