Resolved How can I remove the Previous System folder?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by brunozs, Jan 15, 2017.

  1. brunozs macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2005
    I've tried everything. Every single stuck trash app. Tried logging in as root. Cant delete Previous System folder for anything!

    Does anyone know how to do it?
  2. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    What do you mean with ‘previous’? Chances are that if you are on El Capitan or Sierra that you cannot delete it as long as System Integrity Protection is enabled. Reboot into Recovery, enter ‘csrutil disable’ in a Terminal window and reboot.
  3. brunozs thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2005
    That worked out perfectly! Thanks!!
  4. Ian James macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2012
    Thanks a lot, worked perfectly for me as well. That was driving me crazy.

  5. dickguertin macrumors newbie


    Sep 4, 2010
    Mountain View, CA
    Don't forget to remove 'Previous System' from any backups. Most likely, you can do that with 'sudo' commands, such as: sudo rm -rf /Volumes/backup.disk/Previous\ System -- because there's no System Integrity Protection on backups.

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