Cannot Delete File

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  1. issueswithmymac macrumors newbie

    issueswithmymac

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    Hi,

    I have been googling all night and can't find a way to delete or move some files. The varying types of files are in a time machine backup on an external drive that isn't used for time machine anymore so there's a bunch of other stuff on there too. When I attempt to move or delete a file I get the message:

    The operation can’t be completed because backup items can’t be modified.

    I've disabled SIP but that did nothing. Any ideas? Help much appreciated!
     
  2. grahamperrin macrumors 601

    grahamperrin

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    #2
    If you no longer require the backup set: delete it.

    If you require the backup set and want to delete only part of it:
    1. enter Time Machine
    2. select the unwanted item
    3. use the appropriate menu, it probably has a cog icon.
    You can not use Finder or Time Machine to move files to, from, or within a Time Machine backup.

    SIP is unrelated.
     
  3. issueswithmymac, Aug 29, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2016

    issueswithmymac thread starter macrumors newbie

    issueswithmymac

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    Ok, thanks for the quick response,Gragham. One More question:

    I am trying to use a vst synthesizer and the audio samples it uses are in the backup. The synth says the folder is not writable, but I have made sure it and all of its sub folders are r-w. Is the backup thing the issue? Is there seriously no way to move that sample library from the backup folder to a normal hard drive?

    Edit: vst
     
  4. grahamperrin macrumors 601

    grahamperrin

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