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

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Brilopad1, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. Brilopad1 macrumors newbie


    Jun 3, 2006
    Landenberg, PA
    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


    May 16, 2008
  3. JustinVM, Jan 26, 2010
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 10, 2011

    JustinVM macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2010
    or run this in the Terminal...

    [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


    Jun 3, 2006
    Landenberg, PA
    Thanks, that did the trick. It took a couple hours, but it worked.
  5. nofxbandit, Aug 10, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 10, 2011

    nofxbandit macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2011
    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


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    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.

  7. Bobstanley macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2012
    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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