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Backup snagged by excluded file

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May 23, 2012 5:10 AM

In time machine, I'm trying to exclude several apparently corrupted photos from backup(likely related to previous gray screen of death archive and install).  However, the time machine widget keeps telling me that it's getting copy error on a single file that I have excluded. The file did have 3 different "copies" each of which I excluded.   This one file seems to be the problem, as I have excluded a multitude of other files (mostly photos, some from the same event even) with no problem advancing the backup.  The file is, unfortunately, a photo I'd rather not get rid of, or I would have just deleted it.  Thanks for any ideas!

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    May 23, 2012 8:20 PM (in response to GaryKunk)

    Sounds like you didn't get the right file excluded (that can be tricky), or the preferences file (where the exclusions are stored) is damaged and being ignored.


    If you're sure you excluded the right file, try a "full reset" per #A4 in Time Machine - Troubleshooting.


    If that doesn't help, use the widget in #A1 of Time Machine - Troubleshooting to display the backup messages from your logs.  Locate the backup in question, then copy and post all the messages here.   Also post a screenshot of the exclusions.

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    May 24, 2012 7:09 AM (in response to GaryKunk)

    GaryKunk wrote:

    . . .

    I'm wondering if finder doesn't search the previous system which I used to recover from so i may manually look for the photo there...

    I'm not sure what you mean by "previous system."  If you're running Leopard (10.5.x), and did an Archive and Install, preserving users and settings, and have a Previous System xxxx folder on your startup drive, then yes, that's a possibility.  Finder searches generally don't include system files, unless you specifically ask for them.

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    May 25, 2012 7:56 AM (in response to GaryKunk)

    It does look like you have multiple copies of those files.  The ones you've excluded seem to be at the top level of your internal HD.


    The ones Time Machine is stumbling over are in the iPhoto Library in your home folder.


    On the exclusions page, after pressing the plus sign, navigate in your home folder to the Pictures folder, then the iPhoto folder, etc., or locate it in a Finder window and drag it to the exclusions box. 


    When you do, the exclusion display will look something like this:


    ~/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Originals/2009/ojo/ . . .


    The ~ symbol means the logged-on user's home folder.


    If you think all the pictures in that "ojo" folder are damaged, just exclude that entire folder, not each file separately.

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    May 25, 2012 10:29 AM (in response to GaryKunk)

    Oh, yes, sorry, I wasn't thinking about that. 


    The iPhoto Library is a special kind of folder, called a "package."  You can see it's contents in the Finder (but not in the exclusions prompt) by right-clicking it and selecting the Show Package Contents option.


    But . . . excluding part of a package isn't a good idea; if you were to try to restore it, the whole thing might be damaged.


    Try excluding the whole iPhoto Library, by dragging it to the exclusions box.


    Once you get everything else backed-up, you can try to deal with the damaged items.  If you can see them in iPhoto, try to export them somewhere, such as your desktop, and delete them from iPhoto.  Then run a backup.


    Perhaps you can then fix or re-import them.


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