Time Machine Problems- Need Some Help PLEASE

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  1. mjfarsi macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I just purchased a 160GB Western Digital My Passport external HD to use with time machine.

    Every time i attempt to back up I get the following message.

    TIME MACHINE ERROR
    Unable to complete backup. An error occurred while copying files to the backup volume.

    This always happens when the back up reaches 7.74 GB.

    I have used the Disk utility repair feature on my hard drive and also re-formated the back up, but I am still having problems.

    I took this back, and got a different brand hard drive, a Firewire.

    Same problems:

    TIME MACHINE ERROR
    Unable to complete backup. An error occurred while copying files to the backup volume.

    This always happens when the back up reaches 7.74 GB.

    Any suggestions to help?
    Let me know- thanks!
     
  2. dragonmantek macrumors regular

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    the only advice i can give is to re-format your hard drive and re-install the OS, but that's more of a "last thing you can do" thing.

    maybe there's just a file that's screwing up?
     
  3. mjfarsi thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, I don't think i am going to be re-formating my HD, esp since I can't back it up....

    How would I figure out what file is screwing this up?
     
  4. dragonmantek macrumors regular

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    you could call up apple, or wait for someone who has more knowledge around this area to reply to this post o_O
     
  5. mjfarsi thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes,

    The bad news on this is my computer is out of warranty!
     
  6. dragonmantek macrumors regular

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    you should still have technical support by phone. i know i do, my computer is from 2006.
     
  7. mjfarsi thread starter macrumors member

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    We'll see.... if anyone has some other suggestions let me know.
     
  8. BobZune macrumors 6502a

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  9. mjfarsi thread starter macrumors member

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    I want to delete: com.apple.TimeMachine.plist

    But this does not exist on my computer?
     
  10. BobZune macrumors 6502a

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    It should be in under Machintosh HD (or whatever your System HDD is called) -- Library -- Preferences.
     

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