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Time Machine back-up error

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Oct 11, 2012 3:41 PM

I am using OS 10.6.8 on a Mac Pro.  Time Machine backs up to an external hard drive.  It has always worked perfectly. Suddenly just as of today every time Time Machine tries to do an automatic backup, I get the following error message:

 

Screen shot 2012-10-11 at 1.10.59 PM.png
I have shut down the computer, turned of the external drive, restarted everything.  Same problem.
I have gone to Disk Utility the Repaired the Disk as instructed.  But no errors or problems were encountered, as seen below, and the problem persists.
Screen shot 2012-10-11 at 12.14.21 PM.png
I would be very grateful for any advice.  I am not a technical person.  Thanks.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), external hard drives
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Oct 11, 2012 5:42 PM (in response to jackmillie)

    The best guide for troubleshooting Time machine problems is this one by Pondini. Get the widget he suggests and it will allow you to see the Time machine logs dug out of the entire system logs. Then post the messages here and Readers can help you decipher them.

     

    http://pondini.org/TM/Troubleshooting.html

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Oct 11, 2012 6:39 PM (in response to jackmillie)

    It looks like you have a directory:

     

    /Users/chrisnewbert/Dropbox/addressbook

     

    ... whose files resist being copied. Maybe they are encrypted or damaged or something.

     

    The easiest way to get your backup to complete is to put that Directory on Time Machines  "BlackList" and NOT back it up.

     

    Then figure out whether to back it up separately or using another method (or maybe if Dropbox is holding a copy you don't need a local backup).

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  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Oct 11, 2012 6:50 PM (in response to jackmillie)
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  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Oct 11, 2012 7:23 PM (in response to jackmillie)

    I  live a few towns away, in a part of my town that used to be a part of Needham.

     

    From outside the area, only students of Massachusetts Trust Law, written Algonquin Language, and Baseball manufacturing history know of the place.

     

    In recent years, it is also home of MathWorks, "Makers of MATLAB and SIMULINK technical Computing Software, Accelerating the pace of discovery in engineering and science worldwide"

     

     

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    Dont forget to decide whether you still need a backup of that directory.

     

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  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Oct 11, 2012 7:34 PM (in response to jackmillie)

    Baseballs and softballs themselves, from about 1850 to 1958.

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