Switched time machine drive to time capsule...Delete old backup?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by CrAkD, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Hey guys I bought a time capsule in july. since then all my backups have been going on the time capsule. before that i backed up to an internal 1.5tb hd. Now that the time capsule has all the backups I want to erase the outdated backups from july on the internal. when I put them in the trash and try to empty the trash I get an unknown error occured message. google search points me to an app called trash it but it seems trash it hasnt been updated for snow leopard..... any ideas?
  2. MacForScience macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2010
    You have to force the items to delete. Trash It is a tool to force the trash to empty. You can do this from the terminal.

    Before you do this be sure you want to do this and you do it correctly if not you will mess up your computer.

    In the terminal type:
    sudo rm path to the files you want to delete (you can drag the file into the terminal and it will put the path in for you)

    At the prompt type in your password and they should go away.


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