Removing TimeMachine Remote Folder

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by OldFartBT, Apr 28, 2018.

  1. OldFartBT macrumors newbie


    Apr 28, 2018
    I've got a new Mac that I'm trying to back up to a wireless drive. I've previously used this drive with TimeMachine before, and it stopped working.

    Part of my problem is that I came to Mac from the DOS and Windows world. I know how to drop to DOS and do things, but I don't have that knowledge on the Mac.

    I think what I have is a TimeMachine partition on the remote drive, but that might not be right. I've attached an image of what it looks like:

    Screen Shot 2018-04-28 at 3.49.55 PM.png

    I can't delete that TimeMachineBackup folder, and I can't make it work. TimeMachine offers me no other options for backup except that folder, and when it's selected, it won't work.

    Any advice on how I can get rid of that, and start over?

    Thanks for any help you can offer!
  2. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 26, 2011
    You will need to erase the drive in Disk Utility. Format as HFS+
  3. OldFartBT thread starter macrumors newbie


    Apr 28, 2018
    The drive is a remote, wireless drive. I don't see it in Disk Utility. It's a WD MyCloud drive.
  4. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    That folder is just the network mount point from the source device, that's why you can't delete it. If you open that mount point you may be able to select the Time Machine sparsebundle file corresponding to the previous machine name and delete it. Although that could be a lengthy delete action requiring some patience. Your most efficient reset would be through the source device. If the MyCloud drive has an administration portal, try to delete the contents of the TimeMachineBackup folder through whatever file management utility it might have.

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