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Time Machine Error - Unable to complete backup.

17231 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Jan 6, 2008 12:50 PM by Jon Paul Kelly RSS
rdlsmith Calculating status...
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Nov 12, 2007 7:46 PM
Things were working great. Partitions using GUID on my LaCie external HD. For some reason, got the TME:

Time Machine Error - Unable to complete backup. An error occurred while creating the backup directory.

I verified the drive with DU.

Started it again and now it backs up really slow. Very slow. Useless slow. I really don't want to format the drive again. Any ideas?
iMac 20/2.0/2G/250/SD/BT/AP, Mac OS X (10.5), Black MacBook 13/2.0/2G/80G/SD/BT/AP
  • gnawbone Calculating status...
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    Nov 13, 2007 4:01 AM (in response to rdlsmith)
    I got the same error yesterday (for the first time) on both my iMac and my MBP. They both worked correctly after I rebooted both machines. However, over night I got the error again on my MBP, but not the iMac.

    Everything had been working flawlessly since I installed Leopard on 10/26. Not sure what is going on, yet.
    iMac G5 2GHz - Macbook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.16 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • eastvillager Calculating status...
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    Nov 13, 2007 4:29 AM (in response to rdlsmith)
    Mine too, same error message. I was deleting things from my drive when it happened. I guess it doesn't like that. Had to reformat and start Timer Machine all over again. Very frustrating.
    G5 Tower, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Steve Hodson Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)
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    Nov 15, 2007 2:21 PM (in response to eastvillager)
    Were you deleting items from the Time Machine backup drive or did you mean from the drive you were trying to back up?

    Not a good idea to delete files manually from a TM Backup volume...use the TM interface for this.
    MacPro 2.66GHz, Mac OS X (10.5), 4GB, 2x250 WD RAID0, Apple 20" Cinema
  • Peter R. Level 4 Level 4 (1,190 points)
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    Nov 15, 2007 2:34 PM (in response to rdlsmith)

    +nothing but trouble.+

    I used SuperDuper: it created bootable backups, it worked like a charm.
    Then I tried TM. It did not create bootable backups, it did +not work at all+.
    I'm back with SD - at least until Apple will release a decent, bugless, working version of this public beta.
    iMac G5/2/2000/250, Mac OS X (10.5), Newton rocks!
  • teritary_adjunct Calculating status...
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    Nov 15, 2007 2:38 PM (in response to rdlsmith)
    Time Machine has yet to work for me - I've been trying to use it since 10.5.0 on my Powerbook with no luck.
    I have a Maxtor Firewire 800 drive with 3 partitions. It is using an Apple Partition Map. The target partition is 103Gb.

    Time Machine gets part way into making a backup, then hangs. I had just updated to 10.5.1, attached my external drive in the hopes that Time Machine had been fixed and told it to backup (Ctrl+click on Time Machine in dock). It proceeded as expected. The trouble is, a little later, Time Machine System Preferences Pane appears to have run a separate backup after I had started my backup. At this point, Time Machine (both instances of the backup) stopped progressing.
    Powerbook G4 15 inch 1.67Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5), 1Gb ram; 128mb video card
  • Jon Paul Kelly Calculating status...
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    Jan 6, 2008 12:50 PM (in response to rdlsmith)
    recently TM has been painfully slow for me.
    It takes over 30 minutes to backup 14 Mb.
    Powermac G5 Dual 2.0, Mac OS X (10.5.1)


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