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I get messages about needing to start a new backup frequently, and because I backup a lot of data this takes forever and is really annoying. I have found the following method for repairing a TM volume:

chflags -R nouchg /Volumes/[yourshare]/[whatever].sparsebundle
hdiutil attach -nomount -noverify -noautofsck /Volumes/[yourshare]/[whatever].sparsebundle
fsck_hfs -drfy /dev/disk3s2

In the sparsebundle file is a plist called “com.apple.TimeMachine.MachineID.plist”. Edit it and remove “RecoveryBackupDeclinedDate” and the corresponding date, and change “VerificationState” to 0.

Edit:

You can also use DiskWarrior on Time Machine volumes from DiskWarrior’s file menu -> “Rebuild Disk Image”.