Time Machine Stuck on 'Preparing Backup' and Then Stops

Aniruddh

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Feb 3, 2017
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Hello,

Ever since I have upgraded to High Sierra, I have never been able to successfully backup my MBP via Time Machine.

It gets stuck on 'preparing backup' for around 30-40 minutes and stops automatically. Not sure what happened.
 

Frankfurt

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Dec 4, 2016
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This happened to me when moving to a new MacBook Pro. The only way to get TC/TM working again was to delete the OLD back-ups on the TC, i.e. erase them and then started completely fresh. Hence, suggest you try this, but ONLY AFTER you made another back up of your files.
 

Aniruddh

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Original poster
Feb 3, 2017
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This happened to me when moving to a new MacBook Pro. The only way to get TC/TM working again was to delete the OLD back-ups on the TC, i.e. erase them and then started completely fresh. Hence, suggest you try this, but ONLY AFTER you made another back up of your files.
I had to switch to a new external HDD for time machine backups. :(
 

Dave00

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Dec 2, 2003
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I have a similar issue with 2012 rMBP after upgrading to High Sierra. It does eventually back up, but takes forever to get past "Preparing". I tried excluding the Time Capsule from Spotlight. It seems a little faster, but still nothing like before.