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A common reason for the never ending "preparing backup" is that Time Machine is reindexing.

From the Console you can have a look at what Time Machine is doing and if you find something like "deep traversal" it means that it needs to reindex and this can take a while.

When you're in the Console, select the All Messages section on the left menu and with the search filter type "backupd" to display what's relevant to Time Machine.

Hope that helps
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