Time Machine getting stuck on OSX Server 10.6

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I have a client using Time Machine with an external Drobo on a Mac Mini running OSX 10.6.8. Time Machine regularly gets stuck during one of its hourly backups. I can follow the steps outlined in this post to stop Time Machine and delete the .inprogress file and Latest folder, then restart Time Machine again:

http://www.aaronwest.net/blog/index.cfm/2008/5/18/A-Fix-for-Time-Machines-Backup-Failure

The problem first occurred in March and the fix lasted for weeks. But the problem has been returning more quickly and now Time Machine usually hangs again after only a day or 2.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Try this:
Open the backup media and locate the file ending in '.InProgress'. Delete this file and then reboot the Mac Time Machine. It should then run properly.

Hope it helps.

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That's what I've been doing. It works temporarily - but lately it stops again after only 1 or 2 days. I'm hoping to find a longer term solution.

Thanks.
2nd Line Engineer
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what I would do as I have done in the past is to create a new time machine backup location on the drobo and use that to backup and see how it goes.

I take it the permissions are all set up ok for the backup share for time machine.
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Thanks for the recommendations, innocentdevil. I will create a new backup location - and also verify the permissions - we had some file errors and had to rebuild the raid around the time the problems started, and I didn't think to check that before. I'll post back after I make the changes.

Thanks again.

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So far, everything is working well. I will let it run over the weekend and post back on Monday.

Thanks again.

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Time Machine is still working since resetting the backup location. Thanks again for your help.
Kash2nd Line Engineer

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no danger. your welcome

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