HELP, can't delete Time Machine back-ups from trash

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  1. Brilopad1 macrumors newbie

    Brilopad1

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    #1
    Alright, here's the situation. I have a 1TB external set up with 250gigs partitioned for backing up with time machine, and the rest just for storing files. My time machine partition was full so i decided to move the 5 oldest backups to the trash to make some more room. But when i went to delete trash it counted up to a couple million files and just sat there saying preparing to delete. It was never able to actually start deleting the files, it was just preparing to delete for a couple hours.

    I also tried moving them back onto my harddrive but it says that i don't have enough room, which i do. so these 5 back ups are just stuck in my trash folder and i can't figure out a way to get rid of them.

    So the main question is how do i delete my trash with the time machine back ups in it?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  3. JustinVM, Jan 26, 2010
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    JustinVM macrumors newbie

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    #3
    or run this in the Terminal...

    Code:
    [B]rm -rf ~/.Trash[/B]
    
    MOD NOTE: The above command was slightly modified to make it a bit safer, but you should make sure you type it in EXACTLY as above. Any extra spaces will potentially lead to disaster.
     
  4. Brilopad1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, that did the trick. It took a couple hours, but it worked.
     
  5. nofxbandit, Aug 10, 2011
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    nofxbandit macrumors newbie

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    DO NOT DO THIS! This will delete all of your files on your computer! I did this and now have to use time machine to back up all my files, settings, etc.
     
  6. balamw Moderator

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    It should not have done that if you typed it in exactly as written. I suspect you added a space in the wrong place so I edited the message you quoted.

    B
     
  7. Bobstanley macrumors newbie

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    How To delete Time Machine Back up Files from trash

    1. Go to finder window
    2. finder menu select "empty trash" while holding down option key


    should work
     

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