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Comment from: Tammy Endlish [Visitor]
Tammy Endlish

This worked! Thank you!

02/20/10 @ 19:03
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]
Brian

Thanks so much. I had the same problem and your solution fixed it.

02/23/10 @ 19:04
Comment from: Navè [Visitor]
Navè

Works perfectly, thanks

03/12/10 @ 17:54
Comment from: Ron MH [Visitor]
Ron MH

Thank you very much. It worked like a charm. Now if only Apple would fix this.

03/27/10 @ 22:15
Comment from: Danny [Visitor]  
Danny

Yes, this did fix it… temporarily. Unfortunately it seems I have to do this almost ever other day! Have any permanent solutions?

05/08/10 @ 02:56
Comment from: Rob Kleven [Visitor]
Rob Kleven

Thanks for the help

05/28/10 @ 15:33
Comment from: Abhimat [Visitor]
Abhimat

Thanks! That helped a lot!

06/13/10 @ 04:32
Comment from: Jeppe Schoubye [Visitor]
Jeppe Schoubye

Worked perfectly!! Thanks a lot!!!

06/22/10 @ 11:32
Comment from: Martin Olsson [Visitor]
Martin Olsson

Worked like a charm!

08/20/10 @ 12:08
Comment from: Rick [Visitor]
Rick

Fantastic tip, thanks! As for your comment @Danny: I think the cause of the problem is the backup being prematurely stopped. My system backs up one an hour, and if while it is backing up, I close my laptop, it seems to make the next backup have this problem. I presume that the backup volume thinks it’s still connected and so when the backup tries to get access, it tells it it is already in use.

08/27/10 @ 15:10
Comment from: christian Marolt [Visitor]
christian Marolt

And what are you doing when you have an apple server?????

11/04/10 @ 13:57
Comment from: thias [Member]  

@Christian

You mean that you have an external USB drive attached to an Apple server?

11/04/10 @ 15:05
Comment from: Christian Marolt [Visitor]
Christian Marolt

No, when you are backing up to an Apple Server?!!

Thanks,

11/14/10 @ 11:08
Comment from: thias [Member]  

@Christian,

Unfortunately, I don’t have a Mac OS X server on my home network to run a test… but if you want to contribute ;-) Just kidding ;-)
More seriously, you do have the exact same message when running Time Machine against a Mac OS X server?

11/14/10 @ 19:12
Comment from: charles [Visitor]
charles

Thanks! This was a huge tip and worked perfectly. IN the future, I’ll just make sure my time machine is not running when I close my laptop - so I can avoid having to do this all the time. Thanks again.

11/17/10 @ 02:40
Comment from: Darren [Visitor]
Darren

Awesome! It worked. Thanks!!

11/28/10 @ 04:23
Comment from: Bas, from Holland [Visitor]
Bas, from Holland

wauw, is was looking for a simple and good solution to fix the same problem.
on most of websites and forums i found complex methodes, but this is… simple and the best, it works like before :) thanx!

12/29/10 @ 21:27
Comment from: paul (A) [Visitor]
paul (A)

worked perfectly! thanks!

p.s.: problem occured after breaking a back-up – but now it is back to normal (= time machine automatic back up)

paul

01/28/11 @ 22:10
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]
Brian

Thank you! That worked and saved a whole lot of further frustration.

02/14/11 @ 01:19
Comment from: Peter [Visitor]
Peter

so i did everything and it seems like the problem has ceased, but when i enter time machine it seems as if i’ve lost all my previous back-ups. any ideas?

02/21/11 @ 20:01
Comment from: calvin [Visitor]
calvin

thank you! saved me from backing up 800gb of data again

02/27/11 @ 23:26
Comment from: Diane Challenor [Visitor]
Diane Challenor

Thank you for sharing.

03/22/11 @ 13:28
Comment from: Tom Dibble [Visitor]
Tom Dibble

Another route which doesn’t require unplugging the disk from the Airport, is to select the Airport Extreme in Airport Utility, then go to the menu bar “Base Station” then “Restart".

The upside is that you don’t need to walk over to the base station and unplug thing / wait for a few seconds / plug back in. The downside is that anyone connecting to the base station via wireless (or at all, if this is acting as your router) will lose access to the internet / network for a few seconds while it reboots. Assuming you have everything set up to remember that base station network everything will just reconnect a few seconds later, and unless there is a download or Hulu stream going on you probably won’t even notice :)

04/26/11 @ 07:55
Comment from: Ed [Visitor]
Ed

Thanks…it worked for me too!!!!

05/26/11 @ 21:35
Comment from: Nick [Visitor]
Nick

Great, that worked for me! Thanks for sharing this useful info

06/15/11 @ 00:46
Comment from: Nate [Visitor]
Nate

Worked awesome… THANKS A MILLION!!!!!

07/11/11 @ 03:04
Comment from: Terry (visitor) [Visitor]
Terry  (visitor)

Thanks times 1,000!!

07/14/11 @ 01:54
Comment from: Pussy [Visitor]
Pussy

Thanks! Best solution to this problem!

07/17/11 @ 19:47
Comment from: michaeltaft [Visitor]
michaeltaft

Saved my ass.
Thank you.

07/22/11 @ 18:40
Comment from: rga [Visitor]
rga

Thanks for an excellent tip – it truly saved me a huge amount of time today!

07/25/11 @ 19:20
Comment from: hagthor [Visitor]
hagthor

thanks for the excellent tip! i think my recent update to “lion” is the culprit in having to do this in the first place. this had never happened with “snow leopard” but in the few days since i updated i’ve had to do this three times! i even had to force use of unsupported disks again (because i don’t have apples ‘time capsule’, just an airport and a usb hard drive) if anyone is wondering how to do that, just use this command in terminal: [defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1] (not including the brackets) then time machine should recognize any disk plugged into the airport as acceptable for “time capsule” use.
anyway… thanks again! your tip really helped!

07/25/11 @ 22:15
Comment from: akjorge [Visitor]
akjorge

Thank you!! I just updated to Lion last night and my time machine backups stopped immediately. I got the error message The backup disk image “XX” is already in use. This fixed it! Thank you for the great post. Just saved me hours and hours of my life.

08/03/11 @ 21:03
Comment from: kc [Visitor]
kc

It worked! Thank you so much!!

08/08/11 @ 02:43
Comment from: Josh [Visitor]  
Josh

Getting this all the time, once upgraded to Lion. I have to restart the Airport Extreme every single time and it’s annoying. Can anyone confirm if OS X 10.7.1 update fixes this?

08/24/11 @ 02:04
Comment from: Gerard van Wesep [Visitor]
Gerard van Wesep

Thanks. How hard could it be for Apple to fix this?

08/25/11 @ 05:20
Comment from: Veniamin [Visitor]
Veniamin

Another easy way is to mount the budle as a disk and delete *.inProgress file inside the Backups.backupdb/[computername]/ directory.

08/25/11 @ 21:33
Comment from: Ron [Visitor]
Ron

Worked like a charm. Thanks!

09/05/11 @ 19:25
Comment from: Phil [Visitor]
Phil

Just wanted to leave another thank you. I was having this problem too.

09/06/11 @ 05:06
Comment from: HDR [Visitor]
HDR

Thanks it worked perfectly and I learnt of the cause too. Whenever you kill a backup, you always need to do disconnect and turn off your external drive.

09/14/11 @ 02:27
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Alex

Thank you so much!!!! On a previous occasion I had to delete and reinstall the sparsebundle, losing all previous time machine functionality. Now thanks to you everything is back to normal!!!!

10/07/11 @ 12:45
Comment from: Mikko [Visitor]
Mikko

Thank you so very much!
This still works. And is still needed, it seems.

10/21/11 @ 05:51
Comment from: Adrian T [Visitor]
Adrian T

WORKS IN 2012 #YOUTHEMAN

01/22/12 @ 06:16
Comment from: jonathan [Visitor]
jonathan

Saved my bacon with 5 computers on a 2TB time capsule.

thanks for taking the time!

02/29/12 @ 18:16
Comment from: David Young [Visitor]
David Young

This worked perfectly! Airport Utility may have changed its interface for Lion, but disconnecting the drive, powering it off, and reconnecting it fixed the problem for me.

03/23/12 @ 02:57
Comment from: Ryan [Visitor]
Ryan

Totally works. Airport Utility is different on OS X Lion but same concept applies. Just need to turn Time Machine backups off temporarily, manually disconnect drive from Airport, plug back in, and turn Time Machine back on with selected drive.

04/11/12 @ 16:20
Comment from: richard [Visitor]  
richard

Same problem. Any idea how to fix it with the new airport utility program in Lion

05/12/12 @ 09:49
Comment from: Tim B [Visitor]
Tim B

Still works (and is needed) in June 2012!

06/03/12 @ 01:17
Comment from: Jonathan S [Visitor]
Jonathan S

UPDATE NOTE:
If you are using a newer version of Airport Utility there is no “disconnect all users” button.
Solution: Manually disconnect users (turn off access with each machine.) For us this just meant turning off wi-fi on each machine since we’re on a time capsule.

Then just unplug the time capsule (or disc.) Wait a bit and plug back in.

Worked great! Thanks!!!

07/11/12 @ 19:19
Comment from: Sarah [Visitor]
Sarah

Thank you so much! This worked great!

07/11/12 @ 21:51
Comment from: Adam [Visitor]
Adam

Brilliant! Thank you.

07/24/12 @ 02:45
Comment from: Tom B [Visitor]
Tom B

The following simple method posted above, by “Tom Dibble,” worked perfect for me:

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Posted by Tom Dibble -

Another route which doesn’t require unplugging the disk from the Airport, is to select the Airport Extreme in Airport Utility, then go to the menu bar “Base Station” then “Restart".

The upside is that you don’t need to walk over to the base station and unplug thing / wait for a few seconds / plug back in. The downside is that anyone connecting to the base station via wireless (or at all, if this is acting as your router) will lose access to the internet / network for a few seconds while it reboots. Assuming you have everything set up to remember that base station network everything will just reconnect a few seconds later, and unless there is a download or Hulu stream going on you probably won’t even notice :)

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08/19/12 @ 18:55
Comment from: Hunter [Visitor]
Hunter

This option no longer works in the new Airport version as apple removed the disconnect all users button; however, the concept still works. I unplugged my Airport Extreme and then my disk. Turned them back on (router first) and everything worked - thanks.

11/16/12 @ 22:21
Comment from: iftikhar Raziq. [Visitor]
iftikhar Raziq.

thank u so very much.works in 2012…….youtheman

11/20/12 @ 05:18
Comment from: David [Visitor]
David

Awesome. Thanks!

12/04/12 @ 00:21
Comment from: madi [Visitor]
madi

Thank you very much! The concept still works.

01/08/13 @ 03:58
Comment from: Amit T [Visitor]
Amit T

The airport utility with ms OS did not show me the Manual Setup. So I used the Tom Dibble solution and that worked perfectly for me. THANKS!

POSTED by TOM Dibble:
Another route which doesn’t require unplugging the disk from the Airport, is to select the Airport Extreme in Airport Utility, then go to the menu bar “Base Station” then “Restart".

The upside is that you don’t need to walk over to the base station and unplug thing / wait for a few seconds / plug back in. The downside is that anyone connecting to the base station via wireless (or at all, if this is acting as your router) will lose access to the internet / network for a few seconds while it reboots. Assuming you have everything set up to remember that base station network everything will just reconnect a few seconds later, and unless there is a download or Hulu stream going on you probably won’t even notice :)

07/09/13 @ 16:32

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