Resolved Unable to delete Time machine backups from trash

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  1. saha-med, Aug 3, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2014

    saha-med macrumors regular

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    I wanted to delete time machine backups so what i did was delete them from the TM window. Didnt work, so i went to delete the Backups.backupdb folders. The folders moved to trash, and now i have a problem of emptying my trash.

    When i empty the trash, it calculates how many files there are, then proceeds to delete those files. However the process is never ending, as you can see in the screenshot below (items to delete counts down, then when it reaches 0 it counts up in the negative domain)

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    Ive tried
    - option+command+shift+delete
    - sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/*

    Didnt work... My "ls -al .Trash/" output shows the folder as empty.

    Any solutions to this?
     
  2. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Hi,

    you can empty the Trash by using Onyx or Maintenance.

    They both are able to delete Time Machine backups folders moved to the Trash.

    I would suggest you use Maintenance over Onyx, as it is easier and safer to use.

    Check that its "Trash" tick box is actually checked before running it.

    Check the "run maintenance scripts" tick box.

    Uncheck "browsing history" if you want to keep it.

    http://www.titanium.free.fr/downloadmaintenance.php
     
  3. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

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    Thats the trash folder in the user account, instead you would need to delete the files from the .Trash folder located in the root of the drive you used for Time Machine.
     
  4. saha-med thread starter macrumors regular

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    Maintanance works, as in it does say command executed successfully. But the trash folder still contains the backups


    /.Trashes/ is empty as well.


    I think the problem here is the GUI trash folder is not refreshed. That is why the Trash icon doesnt look empty, and when i open the folder via finder, it is not empty as well

    However both trashes folder look empty via the terminal as seen below


     
  5. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

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    That is the .Trashes folder located at the root, you need to delete the files from the .Trash folder located in the root of the drive you used for Time Machine.
    It should be located at: "\Volumes\[Backup HD Name]\.Trashes\"
    Check that one instead.
     
  6. saha-med thread starter macrumors regular

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    Great, this works. Thanks
     
  7. TriciaT macrumors newbie

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    Using "Maintenance" exactly as you described did the trick for me. "Onyx" did not work - it would hang on the "empty trash" after a few seconds. Thanks so much for your help.
     
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    Same thing here, Onyx frozen and Maintenance did the work... took around 20 minutes but it solved my issue! thanks @Bruno09 !
     
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