Time machine puts files in bin when TM drive connected.

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  1. elf69 macrumors 65816

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    On my 2010 macbook I use TM to make backups of both my internal drives.

    All good no issues.

    But when I plug in the TM external drive it puts a folder in the bin.
    The folder is a backup file.

    inside is a file that appears to be a backup in progress file from 26th Jan 2017.
    I cannot delete said folder or contents.

    If I eject the TM drive then the file is gone from the bin.

    more annoyance than a problem but can I do anything?
     
  2. posguy99 macrumors 6502

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    It's in the trash on the external. Every volume has its own Trash folder. How else do you expect it to work?

    Clear the Trash folder on the external, problem solved.
     
  3. elf69 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you but would you be kind enough to help my locate trash on the external time machine drive?

    And is there a reason I am unable to empty trash via dock like normal?
    It claims some of the files are in use.

    I did a finder search for trash on external and found nothing.
    Is it a hidden file? If so how do I show hidden files.
     
  4. elf69, Feb 16, 2017
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    OK so found trashes on the external.

    But says I do not have permissions to view or erase the file.

    Screen Shot 2017-02-16 at 11.24.46.png
    and...
    Screen Shot 2017-02-16 at 11.25.13.png
     
  5. elf69 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I get error -8072 if try delete files inside the folder
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    root owns ./Trashes so you cannot do anything under your id. you need to use sudo in the terminal.

    What exactly are you trying to do in ./Trashes.
     
  7. elf69 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    everytime I plug in my time machine backup drive it puts a folder in my bin, in the dock.

    just want remove it.

    If I eject my time machine backup drive the folder in bin goes too.
     
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    What happens if you empty the trash, does it remove it then?
     
  9. elf69 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I cannot empty trash from dock or from external drive direct.

    errors as above.
     
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    Did you check the drive to see if it has any errors?
     
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