The Time Machine Mechanic
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The Time Machine Mechanic1.18

14 April 2021

Check what’s wrong with your Time Machine Backup (Beta).


Time Machine problems? Try The Time Machine Mechanic. It’ll tell you what’s wrong.

It has essentially two controls: you set the period, in hours, which you want it to analyse. This now works properly, so that you can type the number in or use the stepper controller to adjust it. Once you have done that, click on the Check Time Machine button, and it will shortly come back with a very detailed analysis of all Time Machine backups made over that period, and set the ‘traffic light’ to green, amber, or red accordingly.

Information provided includes:
  • The location of the last backup it made, in both Unix disk terms and its path,
  • The amount of free space on that volume at the start of the last backup,
  • How many backups it started, and how many completed successfully, over the period,
  • The time elapsed since the last backup completed,
  • Figures on the number of files backed up in total, and the range for each backup,
  • A list of the total size of data backed up on each occasion,
  • A list of the time periods taken to complete each backup,
  • A list of the time intervals between each backup starting,
  • The total number of new backups made, and of old backups deleted,
  • The number of error messages over the period.

What's new in The Time Machine Mechanic

Version 1.18:
  • Following my discovery of changes made in about macOS 11.2, I am now working through my apps bringing their access to time in line with its new behaviour, so that you should be able to run them regardless of your clock settings. Even if your Mac uses a Buddhist calendar, a 12-hour clock and is set to summer time in Mongolia, dates and times should now appear correctly
  • This new version tackles this in two ways. During its opening checks, it establishes whether macOS can return time values in the format which it needs. If it can’t, because of further changes in Big Sur, it will prompt you to switch to a 24-clock. That should never happen
  • Once it has confirmed that time values are generated correctly, all its dates and times should appear consistently, even those shown in the headers of its reports. If you come across any anomaly or error, please let me know as soon as you can

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  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.12.0 or later
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