After yet another failed LaCie external Hard Drive, I decided to try a small Maxtor M3 Portable External Hard Drive. In September 2019 it was connected to MacBookPro A1286, 2013 PURCHASE. Seemed to work OK with Time Machine from early September to 07 October, for 20 sessions.
Then it hit 2019-10-07 - " 133933.in Progress."
BUT NO FURTHER PROGRESS. JUST STUCK.
I did wonder about contacting SEAGATE.COM/SUPPORT/ for advice, but was put off by the costs.
Has any one else been able to solve this sort of trouble?
Looks like I may need to go back to LA CIE?