4858 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 10, 2008 12:41 PM by hauper
Could well be a corrupted file. Plenty of reports of TM gagging when a file is corrupted a certain way.
1) run Repair Permissions (Disk Utility)
2) verify/repair both the drive being backed up and the drive holding the TM backup. You may need to boot from your Leopard DVD to repair the internal drive.
If this doesn't work search the archives on corrupted files and TM.
Thanks for the reply.
Before you posted this I reformatted the drive which did the trick but obviously I lost all my backups ( which wasn't that much really). So it does indeed sound as though there was a corrupt file somewhere along the line.
If it happens again (God forbid) I will make a note of what you suggested and give it a try.
I did run verify/repair but only on the drive holding the backup and I didn't reboot from the Leopard DVD.
I am having this same problem. the ever expanding back up. It says something like "2.0Gb of 2.0Gb" and won't stop backing up, with both numbers getting bigger in parallel. This is now the second time this happened. The first time was solved with a reformat of the back up drive and restarting of time machine. it worked great for a while, until I actually used the time machine feature to restore a file, now this problem again. Is time machine corrupting it's own .dmg file?
The only option might is probably to erase the partition and then delete <com.apple.TimeMachine.plist> from main Library/Preferences (not User library). If you erase the partition without deleting the .plist, the problems continues, if you delete the .plist without erasing the partition, you're stuck in the mud.
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