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Error 109 With Time Machine

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  • Danire Calculating status...
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    Sep 16, 2009 10:47 AM (in response to Chale Boy)
    Same message here - "disk image couldn't be opened because there was no mountable file systems."

    I have an iMac that I have not updated to SL yet and it's still backing up to the same AEBS-connected hard drive fine.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Sandman Calculating status...
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    Sep 16, 2009 4:26 PM (in response to deh2k)
    unless SN corrupted the sparse image... which is likely the case.
    12 inch PowerBook + blue iMac + new iMac, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Chale Boy Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Sep 16, 2009 6:22 PM (in response to Sandman)
    I assume by SN you mean snow leopard. If SL corrupted the disk then just starting over should take care of it, but it doesn't
  • elarea Calculating status...
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    Sep 17, 2009 3:45 PM (in response to Merged Content 1)
    Same problem here, if you try to mount manually the immage, it will give you an error an a clue.
    The problem is on the sparseimage that is corrupted, I think because of too many disconections by ethernet or airport.

    What it's annoying is that formating and do a new TM will eventually presents the same problem (it's my thirth time...)

    VERY ANNOYING =(
    PS: Doing it by USB works fine all the time
    MacBook Pro Unibody 2.9, Mac OS X (10.6.1), 4Gb RAM, 250Gb HD
  • Sandman Level 4 Level 4 (3,270 points)
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    Sep 19, 2009 1:46 PM (in response to Chale Boy)
    If Snow Leopard corrupts the disk.. reformatting the disk and starting over will work... until Snow Leopard corrupts the disk again.

    I have been running manual Time Machine backups after starting from scratch with no problem; however, others that have started over and are using the automated backups are running into this problem again. This is especially the case with wireless disk backups.
    12 inch PowerBook + blue iMac + new iMac, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Jeff Solomon Calculating status...
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    Sep 20, 2009 7:38 AM (in response to Merged Content 1)
    I'm having the same issue. I've got a USB hard drive connected to an AirPort Extreme, and I'm running Mac OS X 10.6.1. I'm getting the following error when Time Machine attempts to backup:

    "The backup disk image “/Volumes/DRIVENAME/COMPUTERNAME.sparsebundle” could not be accessed (error 109)."

    I've noticed that the name of the backup volume has changed a few times- for example, in the Time Machine system preference pane, the drive name is listed as COMPUTER_NAME-2. A few days ago it was COMPUTER_NAME-1. In other words, numbers are being appended to the drive name for some reason.

    I suspect this is the root issue. Time Machine is looking for a drive without the appended numbers, but the system only sees the drive name with those numbers appended. Hence, confusion.

    I'm currently trying to figure out how to get the system to see the drive without the appended numbers, and while I'm not a betting person, I'd bet that will fix the issue.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • minimac\'er Calculating status...
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    Sep 20, 2009 9:01 AM (in response to Jeff Solomon)
    Since this is a "error 109"-specific forum, I've reposted my query here this morning as well as in the main Time Machine/Snow Leopard errors forum. My apologies for the repost, but I'm at my wit's end.


    Beware of the dreaded returning "error 109"

    As I stated back on August 31, I remapped my Time Machine to a new, second 1TB harddrive and created a brand new backup using Time Machine. And it ran, flawlessly, until this morning during it's second hourly backup! The dreaded "error message 109" has returned.

    ARRGGGHHHH!!!

    So now I can't access my nine-month-old backup on my first 1TB harddrive, or my spanking new weeks-old backup on my new harddrive. And as much as I enjoyed hanging out with everyone last month as we tried to solve this problem, I'm about to abandon the whole backup concept.

    So, for the record, I'm receiving the same error message as before: "Time Machine Could Not Complete Backup" - "The backup disk image '/Volumes/myname_backup-1/myname's mimi mac.sparsebundle" could not be accessed (error 109)"

    The harddrive chirps on when TM begins its hourly backup, I heard the drive spinning up, it chatters for a few minutes, then I get the error message. I've noticed the Time Capsule icon that used to appear on the desktop during the backup is no longer popping up - I simply cannot remember if that is a new clue or not.

    As always, any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Until then, I'll re-delete the preferences and attempt manual updates. Unfortunately, even that isn't working.

    Cheers,

    Jamie

    moncriefj@uncw.edu
    MacMini, Mac OS X (10.6), 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB Ram, 320HD
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Sep 20, 2009 9:14 AM (in response to minimac\'er)
    minimac'er wrote:

    So, for the record, I'm receiving the same error message as before: "Time Machine Could Not Complete Backup" - "The backup disk image '/Volumes/myname_backup-1/myname's mimi mac.sparsebundle" could not be accessed (error 109)"


    For what it's worth, I've noticed that long names, and punctuation and spaces in names may not play well in this situation.

    I removed all punctuation and spaces (using only letters and numbers) in my AEBS name, my network name, and the partition names on the external disk attached to it for TM backups, and kept them all fairly short ("JPsAirportExtreme", for example).

    TM Preferences > +Change Disk+ used to take several minutes to list the partitions, and to apply a selection once it was made; now it's near-instantaneous. Why, I have no idea.

    I was not having any trouble with the actual backups, though, so all I can do is suggest giving it a try.

    Whether this is related to TM backups to AirPort disks not being officially supported is also unclear.
    24" iMac 9,1 2.66 GHz Intel; 4gb; 640 gb, Mac OS X (10.6.1), AEBS
  • minimac\'er Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 20, 2009 11:59 AM (in response to Pondini)
    Interesting idea - since the file names are generated, I assume, by the preferences panels (i.e. "James Moncrief’s Mac mini_00254bb40536.sparsebundle") And you're right, it would take a bunch of file, folder and computer re-naming to get a more generic mapping of harddrive names - that said, my last harddrive was simply named "1tb"...can't get a whole lot easier than that. Again, interesting idea - I'll try sacrificing a couple more small mammals first...
    MacMini, Mac OS X (10.6), 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB Ram, 320HD
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Sep 20, 2009 12:20 PM (in response to minimac\'er)
    minimac'er wrote:
    Interesting idea - since the file names are generated, I assume, by the preferences panels (i.e. "James Moncrief’s Mac mini_00254bb40536.sparsebundle") And you're right, it would take a bunch of file, folder and computer re-naming to get a more generic mapping of harddrive names - that said, my last harddrive was simply named "1tb"...can't get a whole lot easier than that. Again, interesting idea - I'll try sacrificing a couple more small mammals first...


    You can change your network name, Airport Extreme name, and partition names without a problem.

    And I just changed my System Name (System Preferences > Sharing), and TM did not start a new backup sequence, as it sometimes would in Leopard.

    Then I changed the sparse bundle name (via +Get Info+ ), ran a backup, and TM happily did an incremental.

    So, while there do seem to be some new bugs, SL seems to have some fixes/improvements, too!

    As always (and especially with TM), your mileage may vary.
    24" iMac 9,1 2.66 GHz Intel; 4gb; 640 gb, Mac OS X (10.6.1), AEBS
  • minimac\'er Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 21, 2009 2:12 PM (in response to Pondini)
    All great suggestions Pondini - I'll give them a try, along with some small mammal sacrifices.

    Cheers,

    jamie
    MacMini, Mac OS X (10.6), 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB Ram, 320HD
  • dmcnish Calculating status...
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    Sep 24, 2009 11:03 AM (in response to Merged Content 1)
    This is one club I didn't want to join, but I started getting these 109 errors yesterday, just 4 days after a bare metal install of Snow Leopard on 24" iMac. Like many others, I ran TM under Leopard for about 45 days without any complaints. Actually performed several recoveries (its a new system) under 10.5. I was (WAS) impressed with TM.
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    My setup is a WD-1TB attached to AEBS. 3 partitions - 2 for two 10.6 machines and 1 not yet in use but for a 10.5 mini. Oddly, the other 10.6 box hasn't had any 109 errors (yet <G>)
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    I've tried a number of things, stopping TM, setting disk to none, restarting, renaming the old sparsebundle (thinking it would create a new one), DU repairing. Several combinations of that.
    The only thing that got TM going again was using DU to erase that one partition.
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    The name of the AEBS is only 7 chars long. The hostname is 11. The mount point is 13 chars long. All names are plain alpha, with just one underscore _ . So I don't think this 109 thing is a naming issue.
    Right now it is re-doing its initial backup. Which is less than satisfactory since that means all previous is lost.
    I'll post back if I come up with anything.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • FrankHoldem Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 24, 2009 1:23 PM (in response to Merged Content 1)
    i started getting this 109 error as well on one of my two 24 inch imacs. This, so far, has been the biggest problem I've discovered with Snow Leopard. Has anyone heard if apple is working on a fix?
    Windows XP
  • Adrian Ong Calculating status...
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    Sep 24, 2009 5:39 PM (in response to FrankHoldem)
    I was just wondering if attaching a hard drive to AEBS as an Airport Disk creates all these 109 error issues. Will Time Capsule with built in hard drive solve all these issues?
    MacBook Pro 13" 2.53ghz 4GB 500GB, Mac OS X (10.6.1), Airport Extreme 802.11n/Apple TV 160GB/Airport Express
  • jsundin Calculating status...
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    Sep 25, 2009 9:47 AM (in response to dmcnish)
    I've joined this painful club now as well.

    Has anyone opened tickets with Apple to see what they have to say, other than, "reformat the disk and try again"?
    imac, Mac OS X (10.6.1), Also have PC running Win7 and XP Pro
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