Very Slow Delete

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Vivianne, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. Vivianne macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2007

    I have replaced my backup drive and I am trying to delete the old backup files from the old drive and it has been busy for two days now

    Is there a way to speed up this process?

  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Hmmmmm, that doesn't sound good :eek:

    You might want to reformat the drive instead

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. chrisbeebops macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007
    When you move a folder to the Trash, your computer just moves the folder to *original location*/.Trashes/Folder

    When you empty the bin, your computer needs to go through the directory and remove the entries for every file. Your backup is going to have entries for every backup, so it will take awhile... upwards of 1 million file entries in some cases.

    You can either wait for it to finish, or format the drive. (Warning: formatting the drive will delete everything on the drive.)

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