Time Machine Disaster on Mavericks


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For some reason unknown to me Time Machine keep erasing/formatting my usb connected hard drives. This has been going on now for two weeks and I am at my wits end. I first compressed the the time machine application & preference pane but time machine still seems to be working even though I have deleted it. Any suggestion will be appreciated.

Lory Gil

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Jan 20, 2016
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Can you give a little more information? Did you actually delete all of your Time Machine backups on your hard drive? Are you trying to stop using Time Machine? Without additional information, I would suggest turning off automatic backups. Go to System Preferences > Time Machine and uncheck the box for "Back up Automatically." If you want to force Time Machine to stop working on your Mac, try force closing it in Activity Monitor (search for it using spotlight). Open Activity Monitor and search for Time Machine in the Energy panel. Then click on the "X" in the upper left corner of the window to force-close it. Good luck!