Time machine backups - empty trash

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  1. Lizziejh macrumors member

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    I have time machine backups on my external hard drive which I deleted.

    I can see them in the trash folder on the external hard drive. But, the problem is, I cannot delete them from trash and they are using space I need on the drive.

    My question is how do I remove backups from the trash. I get the error 'the operation can't be completed because the item folders is in use' and also 'the operation can't be completed etc, because spindump is in use'.

    Thanks
     
  2. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    Spindump should probably finish up shortly. Have you tried disabling Time Machine from System Preferences and then deleting the trash?
     
  3. Lizziejh thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi, yes I have disable it.
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    What I am needing to do is delete the files from the .Trash folder located in the root of the external drive I used for Time Machine.
     
  4. m4v3r1ck, Feb 19, 2017
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    m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

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    1. Put back the file from trashcan to your TM disk!

    2. Go to TM Preferences and DELETE the mounted disk you use for TM back-ups. This will unmount the disk, unlock it to delete it again, you'll then be able to wipe the trashcan!

    Cheers

    edit: deleted strange "TM" font
     
  5. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    If it still claims it is in use, you could try attempting to delete it from Single-User mode if you know your way around the command line interface. That way it's unlikely any process will be using the files.
     
  6. CoastalOR, Feb 19, 2017
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    CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    Why did you manually delete the backups?
    Time Machine will delete the oldest backups automatically if more space is needed. It is generally better to let Time Machine manage the backups since manual intervention can damage the Time Machine file links. Here are some links to information that you might find interesting:
    http://pondini.org/TM/12.html
    http://pondini.org/TM/Works.html
     
  7. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    I don't think what he meant was that he needed more space for backups, but that he wanted to store something on there that wasn't backups, and that he no longer needed any of the backed up data
     
  8. Lizziejh thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes that's it exactly casperes1996

    I have now managed to delete the unwanted folders from the disk trash using the Maintenance app. Thanks for everyones help.
     
  9. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

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    You're most welcome! Glad you fixed it. Do you mind sharing with us what/how exactly you managed (steps you took) your fix. It will come in handy for other members too. Appreciated!

    Cheers
     
  10. Lizziejh thread starter macrumors member

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    I took advice and downloaded the app Maintenance, selected only trash and it cleaned the drive of all the unwanted folders.
    Having said that, I now know how to delete an old backup when in time machine and in future will use that method.
     
  11. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    Thank goodness for the guys at http://www.titanium.free.fr for apps like OnyX, Maintenance and that last one that I forget the name of, but is also part of OnyX. They've been making nearly irreplaceable apps for Macs since like what? Jaguar? Love those guys
     
  12. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for reporting back!

    Cheers
     
  13. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

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    Will download the app asap and have a look at it. Thanks for the link!

    Cheers
     

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