What to do if Time machine corrupted.

This is not a question, but thought I'd post my story to possibly help anyone else who might encounter a similar issue.
Let me start by saying that I installed Leopard this past weekend and have had only noticed one issue ( I've noticed that if you fail to eject a dmg before deleting the dmg file, sometimes you can then only eject the dmg through Disk Utility or by restarting ). I did a clean install but left my old windows partition on my HD for use with Bootcamp ( updating the drivers after 10.5 install ).
What happened to me was, I was installing some freeware games I had downloaded from the Mac OS X download site. While trying out one of the games, it had entered full screen mode and i couldn't figure out how to exit the game so I had to manually shut down my iMac using the power button. Well, this must have messed with some of the system settings, possibly corrupting something in TM's files, because the next time TM tried to do a backup, it just got stuck on "processing" forever. I tried several times to tell TM to do a Backup manually, with the same result each time. Luckily for me, since I have only been using 10.5 for a short while, the previous TM backups contained nothing crucial, so all I wanted to do was somehow start from scratch with Time Machine. I looked around but couldn't find instructions on exactly how to do that, but here;'s what I figured out through trial and error.
1) Turn off Time Machine from Preferences
2) Through Disk Utility, reformat/partition the external drive making sure to do so as Mac Extended ( Journaled ), leaving off the OS 9 disk drivers and making sure to use GUID partition table. I also changed the name of the volume just to make sure TM would not be confused at all.
3) Return to System Preferences TM pane and click "change disk"
4) Select the new destination volume
Time machine did a brand new first backup, thus starting over.
All is well.

Thanks for your reply.
I checked the exclusion list: The only thing listed is my Time Machine backup drive, so that shouldn't be it. But I hadn't checked that!
What's interesting is that if you get info on both of my eSATA volumes, they have 250.15GB and 242.81GB used. Then, getting info on my Time Machine backup drive shows that there is 543.04GB used. So it seems that it's actually backing the stuff up.
The drives are all formatted OS Extended (Journaled).
We'll definitely keep Retrospect up and running. It works very well, it's just not as 'cool' as Time Machine.
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