Trash Bin won't delete time Machine Backups

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  1. macswitcha2, Jul 29, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2012

    macswitcha2 macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2008
    Hi, what is going on with back ups that I delete? I wanted to make room in my external HD by deleting Time Machine back ups but notice when I delete a whole back up, it stops deleting and says that aperture trial is in use, do i want to continue? I continue and its repeated through out the deletion then it just stops and I notice nothing is deleted from the trash bin. O also get "local" is in use, as well as "iPhoto Library" is in use."
  2. tinca macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2011
    England, UK
    Try a secure delete

    hold command when clicking on trash
  3. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I had a similar problem deleting my TimeMachine backup on an external drive. I ended up just reformatting it.
  4. macswitcha2 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2008
    For some strange reason, I booted up today and the Trash Bin was empty. Was it that it was just taking long to delete it all?

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