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Time Machine interface not showing older backups

by joannemm / October 6, 2010 2:01 AM PDT

Lately when I go to view backups using the Time Machine interface it lists all my backups going back to April 22, 2009, but anything older than late August 2010 is blacked out and can't be clicked.

When I look in my Time Capsule disk on the finder, all the older backups are there and I can view and copy all the files.

Also, in system preferences, Time Machine preferences lists my oldest backup as April 22, 2009 and there is plenty of disk space available on the Time Capsule.

Why is this happening and what can I do to fix it?

System information:
MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
OSX 10.6.4


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Time Machine interface not showing older backups
by joannemm / October 6, 2010 2:05 AM PDT

Okay, this is embarrassing but I just checked again and it's working now. But it really wasn't a few minutes ago!

Thanks anyway!

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Time Machine interface not showing older backups
by Jamescuck / October 6, 2010 9:09 PM PDT

Time Machine is a backup utility, not an archival utility, it is not intended..

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Time Machine interface not showing older backups
by joannemm / October 7, 2010 12:33 AM PDT

I know that. I realize when the Time Capsule is full it will delete the oldest backups. I was just trying to grab a file from a few months back. Time Machine interface was showing a backup for that date (in the list along the right side) but it was grayed out and unclickable. Now it's not, so it must have been a glitch.

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