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Time Machine Backups Cause Problems For Some Apple Silicon Mac Users

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An unknown number of macOS Monterey users report that Apple’s Time Machine fails on the first backup of a drive, and it’s not clear why.

According to reports on Reddit, it is specifically related to the first time the Time Machine solution tries to back up a drive. Not only does it fail to complete the backup, but it takes up storage space nonetheless.

“I ran my first TM backup on Monterey,” Reddit user Muhdakmi wrote. “Everything seems fine and it loads the backup on the disk and takes up storage space. But when it finished and showed ‘cleaning’ it suddenly shows ‘Oldest backup: none’ [and] ‘Last backup: none.'”

“And the menu bar kept showing ‘Waiting for the first backup to complete,'” the user continued, “and when I check the disk backup in Finder, there is still nothing that says the storage space is full.”

One solution that has worked for some users is to perform a fresh install of macOS Monterey. Other users report the same issue after a clean install.

Gadgets Price cannot confirm the problem. One worker with a directly attached SSD had no problem recovering, and a second with a Time Capsule still in use plus a Time Machine volume configured on a Network Attached Storage device – both clearly connected over a network – confirmed integrity of their backups.

Apple has not yet commented on the matter. At the moment there doesn’t seem to be an increase in calls to Apple support regarding this matter, but that can only mean that the issue is very new, or that customers aren’t seeking help for the issue.

Time Machine is Apple’s proprietary backup system, which comes with all Macs. However, there are third-party alternatives. Gadgets Price suggests examining your Time Machine backup and perhaps using a third-party tool to “clone” your important data.

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