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Unable to open backed-up files. Error code 10657

"An unexpected error occurred (error code-10657)"

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  • Anonymous May 07, 2008

    Having the same problem.  I go to time machine backups and click on latest back up to retrieve photos from iphoto.  I get the same error code 10657, and the file won't open.

  • Anonymous May 27, 2008

    I have the same problem..Anyone got an answer yet?????

    I have a Mac Pro Notebook

  • fossilmyki Sep 03, 2008

    I cannot open preferences, and am told I have error code 10657.

    Anyone know what's wrong please?

  • lsheffer Sep 04, 2008

     I got error code - 10657 on my G5 imac saying it could not perform the operation when I tried to see if I could read something backed up by time machine on a simpletech 250 G hard drive.  I was trying to see if I could read my addressbook.  Spent $1,000.00 previously at a data recovery place and wanted to make sure that my external back up is working.  Not sure what to do or who to call to figure this one out. Should I call the apple store or the makers of the hard drive? or is this something simple I can figure out with little help from someone more computer smart than me.

  • l_jhall Sep 08, 2008

    I just started using the time machine feature specifically for iPhoto library backups but I get 'error 10657' message when I try to find the backups.
    What is happening? Are the photos not backing up?

  • J G
    J G Nov 26, 2008

    I have just backed up my Macintosh MacBook Pro computer to a LaCie 4Big Quattro - a professional data backup system. When it backs up I get the same message that I can not open the files that I had backed up onto the data backup system. I can view them from Mac's finder within the hard drive. Although I'm not quite sure I think that the problem might be that the backup is being backedup and stored as an image. Since I have not yet attempted to restore the image using the Mac's backup/restore feature I'm leaning toward the thought that while the image might be viewable as individual files and/or applications, until it actually get "restored" then it is not usable.

    Does anyone else share this thought or is it just me?

  • Anonymous Jan 27, 2009

    I have the same problem. WHen I try to open time machine I get the error 10657  "The application “Time” cannot be launched."

  • not savy Feb 08, 2009

    When I open time machine I get error code 10657 whatever I do.   Help please!

  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2009

    I can't open anything on my eternal drive backed up with time machine.

  • jburik Apr 27, 2009

    I have an older ethernet mini. Have not been able to connect via afp:// . . . from the Go menu. I read on some of the forums that LaCie stores info on the drive itself which can be corrupted if the drive's not shut down properly, e.g. power outage. There's a file, something like .AppleDB which needs to be restored.

    I used Terminal to get to /Volumes and found the drive, but no luck finding the DB mentioned above.



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I got error code 10657 when I tried to open a file in Finder on the external drive that I had used for a Time Machine backup before I reformatted the hard drive of my MacBook. When I started Time Machine on the MacBook (with Leopard reinstalled) and went to the backup date that held the desired file, I was told that I needed to recreate the containing folder (or choose another location for the restore). I chose recreate the folder, and the restored file was available in the new folder without any further problem.

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The CHOWN statement has a problem with the parameters. I also noticed after fixing the permissions of the Pictures folder and subfolders (was "700", now "755"), I was still experiencing the iPhoto launch problem. My solution, after noticing that I could go to Terminal and launch the application from /Applications/ OS/iPhoto, was that ownership of the files in the application was not correct. My fix: Bring up the Get Info on the iPhoto application in the Applications folder and manually add myself as a user. (I guess you could also add "Everyone".) This solved the issue to me. Caveat: Launching iPhoto from the old icon on the Dock still returned the error! :confused: I had to launch the application from the Applications folder, then use the Keep In Dock function and trashed the old iPhoto icon. -Aaron-

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Hello There, I found this in their FAQ Guide. Hope this resolves your problems, I know it is a bit of a read. Good Luck!!

What is happening?

Double-clicking on a backup, portable company file, or a file with an extension other than .qbw, the following error occurs:
An error occurred when QuickBooks tried to create, open, or use the company file. Please try again. If the problem persists, contact Intuit Technical Support and provide them with the following error codes: (-6150,-1006).
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10657 error code

I got the solution to this problem at the Genius Bar.
As they explained it, Time Machine is software that saves files on the backup drive in a format that can only be read by Time Machine. So, when you open Time Machine, you can click on any file and it will open.
If you try to open a file directly from the backup drive, it needs a program to open it, and if Time Machine is not open, you get the error message.

If your computer crashes, when you get it fixed (or get a new Mac)and when you connect the backup drive, Time Machine will recognize it, will ask you if you want to associate it with your computer, and when you say yes, all your backed-up files are availabel and copied back into the computer.
Genius Bar:

Click on this link. Or copy and paste it into your browser.
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If this solves your issue, please be kind to rate it.
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