MacBook Pro :: Time Machine Backups Won't Delete From Trash Can

Dec 1, 2014

time machine backups won't delete from my trash can

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Ipads, Macbook Pro, Iphones

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Intel Mac :: Delete Time Machine Backups From Trash?

Mar 30, 2012

I am trying to delete time machine backups from trash.  It doesnt allow me to do this because it says certains things are running?


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OS X :: Cannot Empty Trash (Time Machine Backups)

Sep 8, 2009

I have done a search but my problem differs in the large number of files I have. Basically I dragged 6 months of time machine backups into the trash rather than doing the delete through the time machine itself. Now I get error messages (error code:-083, I think) and cannot empty the trash. What is more, I have over 2 million files in the trash from the backups. Either I individually delete files in the trash (without having to empty the whole thing). I also can't just erase and reformat my external hd as I do not have a drive of sufficient capacity to copy everything over and don't want to buy a new one.

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OS X :: Time Machine Backups Moved To Trash?

Apr 23, 2010

I have a 500GB external harddrive that uses TM and have recently wanted to free up some space, so stupidly I manually moved a ton of the backups (I can't even imagine how many gigs) to the trash. The trash bin now can't even fathom the amount of space and literally doesn't empty itself (it goes to like 140,000 items to delete and just keeps going). So I read that you're not supposed to delete TM backups this way but now I'm kind of screwed because I can't move the files from the trash to the External again cause it takes too much time. What the hell am I supposed to do?

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OS X :: How To Delete Time Machine Backups

Oct 31, 2007

I'm lost in trying to delete the backup directories created by Time Machine. I've moved disks around on my network and TIme Machine doesn't seem to remember that it's backed up a given system to a given disk previously, after moving the disk to a different server. So I'm content to start over and I went to /Volumes/Backupdisk/Backups.backupdb and tried 'sudo rm -rf *' to get rid of the existing backups in preparation to start over. It wouldn't let me remove them getting the error 'Operation not permitted'. I note that 'ls -l' shows a lot of rwxr-xr-x@ with the @ sign at the end and I'm assuming that this is a hard link, but I don't know. I'm also thinking this is why rm won't work - multiple hard links?

I really don't want to re-format the disk. BTW I am currently trying to use Time Machine to delete all the file but that is taking FOR EVER and I'm not sure its actually doing anything. Its been about 30 minutes and there's been not reported increase in disk space. Its like its still preparing to delete.

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OS X :: Delete All Time Machine Backups Before A Certain Date?

Nov 30, 2008

So I'm in the process of fixing up an old Power Mac Dual G4 MDD for my Dad. I'm installing all the software he'll use, setting all the pref panes, etc... I've turned on Time Machine, and when I give him the computer for Xmas I'd like for there to not be remnants of this setting up process. Right before I shut off the computer for the last time before giving it to him, how would I delete all of the old backups and just leave the "current" backup?

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OS X :: How Can Delete Specific Time Machine Backups

Oct 4, 2009

My Time Machine backups are getting rather large and I really don't need backups dating back six months. Is there a way to go in and delete certain dates?

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OS X V10.5 Leopard :: Delete ALL Backups In Time Machine?

Feb 15, 2012

I have an external HD and have botched up all the time machine backups pretty badly.  (deleting backups, adding things to the time machine disk not using a TM backup, etc). 

I just want to delte everything and start over from scratch. 

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Delete Time Machine Backups?

Jun 2, 2012

There appears to be several threads regarding deleteing Time Machine backups but I can't seem to get the correct answer to delete the entire backup folder (Backups.backupdb). I move the location of my backups files and they are working fine now so I want to delete the folder on the disk it used to backup to. How can I do that? I have everything backedup to the proper disk so I don't need this folder any longer.

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OS X Mavericks :: (10.9.3) Can't Delete Time Machine Backups

Jun 21, 2014

I used Time Machine to backup my laptop (Mavericks OS X 10.9.3) onto an external hard drive. Time Machine created multiple backups over a period of time, and I wanted to delete some of the older ones to free up some space. However, I now have 5 different backups in the trash, and when I attempt to empty the trash (secure empty) the trash window pops up and counts over 200,000 items for deletion, but then disappears and deletes absolutely nothing. Now, the trash is always full when I connect the external drive. I tried to move the backups back onto the external, thinking maybe there were too many files for my Mac to handle, but the computer simply started copying the files instead of transferring them. I don't want to reformat the drive or anything like that because I don't just use it for backups and would lose a TON of other work (music, pics, etc.). 

How to get the trash to delete these backups? It's not just that the backups won't delete, but I can't delete ANY other files from the external as long as those backups are in the trash.

I did try holding the alt/option key while emptying the trash, but that didn't work at all.

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Applications :: Automatically Delete Old Time Machine Backups?

May 14, 2009

Time Machine on my Mac has kept backups of my machine since December of last year. I have no need for that many backups, and they are taking up space on my external HD. Is there a way to have backups older than say, a month deleted automatically?

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OS X Technologies :: How To Delete Range Of Time Machine Backups

Feb 6, 2012

Is there a way to delete a range of time machine backups, say all dates from the first backup to 1/10/2012 (as an example).I know how to delete a single backup for a given date/time through the TM interface, however, deleting them one-at-a-time is rather laborious and time consuming if I wanted to delete a large number of them to free up space. Is there a way to select a "range" to delete, or am I stuck doing it one backup at a time?

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Applications :: Time Machine Delete Backups After Leopard Restore

Nov 2, 2008

I decided to reinstall Leopard, Erase and Install. Everything runs much faster of course. I'm doing some restoring from my Time Machine HD. I don't want a complete restore, I'm just grabbing folders here and there from my TM HD and restoring it. I'm doing a backup now and so far it has deleted over 20GB of my backups and it doesn't seem to be stopping.

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OS X Yosemite :: How To Delete Individual Time Machine Backups Using Finder

Dec 7, 2014

I recent fount necessary to do a complete install and restore.  As I was having trouble with system performance, I chose to restore Applications from Time Machine and set the system parameters manually.  In the process, I wound up with some very large (50 Gbytes) on my Desktop.  I neglected to turn off time Machine backup while doing the restoration and wound up with several big(!) files in the back ups taken during the restoration.  There is nothing useful on the backups taken during the restoration and they have really filled  up my backup disk.  Looking at the structure of the backup disk, it seems you could just delete the backups after I started to restore things.  Are there other considerations?  Are there hidden tables laying around that might become unsynchronized?

iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011), OS X Yosemite (10.10.1)

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OS X :: Time Machine Don't Delete Older Backups To Make Room For New Backup?

Dec 3, 2008

i have a macbook with an internal drive of which about 230gb if full and used.

I have a 250gb external which i have been using to back up with time machine, done it several times over a few months.

Now there is like 70gb left on the external, and when i try to back up, it says failed, not enough space on external.

But i thought when there is not enough space, it simply deletes and backs over older time machine backups.

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OS X :: Shouldn't Time Machine Automatically Delete Old Backups To Make Room For New Ones?

Jun 15, 2009

I keep getting the error saying that my backup will not fit in the backup volume, but shouldn't Time Machine automatically delete old backups to make room for new ones?

2.2 MBP 10.5.7 (120 GB internal HD)
120 GB External HD (USB)

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OS X :: Can't Delete Time Machine Back-ups From Trash?

Jan 26, 2010

Alright, here's the situation. I have a 1TB external set up with 250gigs partitioned for backing up with time machine, and the rest just for storing files. My time machine partition was full so i decided to move the 5 oldest backups to the trash to make some more room. But when i went to delete trash it counted up to a couple million files and just sat there saying preparing to delete. It was never able to actually start deleting the files, it was just preparing to delete for a couple hours.

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OS X :: Can't Delete TM Backups From Trash

Feb 9, 2010

Im using a MacBook with OS X 10.6.2 and a Maxtor 1Tb External hdd.

I was running out of space on my External hdd, so decided to turn off time machine and delete all the backups and then do one latest backup and turn it off again, so i turned off time machine and deleted all the backups from the external hdd into the Trash.

I went to deleted the trash and after it prepared to delete some 48,000 files it came up with an error message saying:

"The operation can't be completed because an unexpected error occurred (error code -8003)."

So i researched this, tried a secure empty trash also held down the Option key and emptied the trash and also tried various different Terminal codes (I am nowhere at all competent with Terminal so i was probably doing it wrong).

I've also gone back into time machine and deleted any other backups from with time machine.

None of these have worked, and i have movies, music etc also on the external hdd so a re-format is out of the question.

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: How To Delete Old Backups From Trash

May 8, 2012

How do I delete the OLD Backups.backupdb?I can drag to Trash, but I can't empty the Trash. I get error code -8003.

TIme Machine, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Can't empty trash

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OS X :: Time Machine Backups Missing / Unable To Find Backups

Sep 30, 2008

My Time Machine has been making the usual regular backups for a few months onto my Time Capsule. I just found that all the backups prior to about a week ago have vanished. It's not a disaster (I think) as I assume that the current backups reflect what's on my iMac (I haven't had to delete files from it yet).

Where did they go? Why did they go?

A possible connection: My TC is 500GB; my iMac 1TB. I recently put extra files for temporary use onto the iMac hard drive - Time Machine said (in effect) 'that's too much, try removing certain folders from the backup'. I excluded said folder and things seemed okay, but it would be at around the time I did that that my old backups have gone.

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OS X :: Unable To Find Backups / Time Machine Backups Gone

Nov 4, 2009

Just wondering if anyone has had a similar problem with the Time Machine. I bought a 500gb Time Capsule last July and it has been running perfectly until a few days agp. I noticed that all my backups were no where to be seen (when entering Time Machine on my MBP) and that it was doing a full backup.. The backup took the guts of 36 hours.

I've come home today to find that all backups are gone again and it is doing another full backup!!!Any ideas what is wrong here?

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MacBook :: Crashing When I Turn On My Time Machine Backups

Mar 16, 2012

Found that my MacBook was crashing often and had to reinstall Lion which seemed to solve the indescriminate crashes. But now my Time Machine is sitting useless as i cant turn it on even for a single backup manually or have it on continually as the Macbook will crash to the point where all i can do is restart with the power button.

Info:MacBook (13-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.7.2)

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MacBook :: Time Machine Taking Weird Long Backups

May 15, 2009

I had not downloaded anything or even had anything that was new to be 6 gigabyte, but I had deleted alot of useless programs from my computer which I saved about 4 gigabyte, but why would time machine backup a random 6gigs...then the backup for some reason didn't really finish and the last backup it stated was may 3rd which is wrong. Then a few minutes ago again I wanted to backup but then it took a whopping 9 gigs of whatever crap! OMG! That makes like 15-16gigs in total which is like 1/4 of my entire 'used' portion of the harddrive.

It seems that everytime I delete a program it just backs up white bytes or something and it even made my 420 gigs of free space all the way down to like 402 gigs. Sorry about the crappy grammar etc etc, but this is freaky and is pissing me off and stupid time machine won't even let us see what it is god dam backing up....and why on earth did apple make restoring from a backup ONLY from your disk? My leopard disk is broken (the one that came with my computer) and my restore discs are tiger, because apple decided to make them there a program to merge all my time machine backups and see what time machine backed up new and also restore from a time machine backup? Or am I asking for too much, might as well email apple.

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MacBook Pro :: Final Word On Time Machine Deleting Backups?

Aug 7, 2009

Just wanted to know if the method I used to delete some back ups were save. What I did was just drag two back ups that I didn't need anymore into my trash, held option and clicked delete. I am asking this because I came across this video saying if I used this method, I would be "screwed" [URL]. Is the method I used safe, or did it some how mess up my TM or leave left over data?

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MacBook Pro :: How To Access Previous Backups From Mac Mini Through Time Machine

Dec 7, 2014

I switched from a Mac Mini to a Retina Display Macbook Pro. When I hooked up the external drive I've been using for Time Machine to the MBP, I went through the setup for Time Machine and it created a backup of the MBP. That is the only backup now showing when I enter Time Machine. How do I access the previous backups from the Mac Mini through Time Machine? If I open the external hard drive from the finder, I can see the backups on the drive.

MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014), OS X Mavericks (10.9.4)

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Safely Remove All Backups From Time Machine/Time Capsule?

Jun 17, 2012

I plan to 'clean up' my Time Machine/Time capsule completely, whereby I want to make it impossible for third parties to recover all or part of these old backups.After I have accompished this I want to start from scratch backing up my Mac.

iMac 27" i7, Mac OS X (10.6.6)

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OS X Mountain Lion :: Resume Time Machine Backups - Incorrect Date And Time Set In Mac

Sep 4, 2014

I just switched from hdd to ssd and i want to resume my Timechine backups, but it says that I have incorrect date and time set in my mac.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9.4)

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Intel Mac :: Time Machine Backups Taking Extremely Long Time Running Lion 10.7.4

Jul 2, 2012

I have an iMac running the latest version of Lion (10.7.4) and which I have upgraded to a one terabyte hard drive and full memory capability. I back up to a My Book 2 terabyte external hard drive using Time Machine. My iMac is often very sticky, though I've done most of the diagnostics I know of and preferences etc. are seemingly all OK and fcuk -fs gives a positive result! The Mac is often hard to wake from sleep and in particular seems to spend a lot of time backing up very-very slowly, with the result that it frustratingly seems to be backing up most of the time with the consequent effects on using other programs. Also the whole thing seems to grind to a halt after a hard days work with quite a few applications open. I'm wondering what can be causing this and what I can do to overcome this very frustrating and debilitating problem?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2)

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MacBook Pro :: Transferring Data From Old Computer / Time Machine Backups Got Destroyed

Feb 11, 2010

both my MacBook and my time machine backups just got destroyed by the water sprinkers coming on. All I have left is the data on my iPhone. I keep all my iPhoto, music, contacts, calandar, and bookmarks on my phone. How will I transfer them to my new computer (even if it is a paid program, I REALLY need to keep this data. Also, how will I keep my new computer from deleting everything on my phone, ESPECIALLY my text messages, when I sync it for the first time? Again, a paid program would be fine because I REALLY need to keep this data

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MacBook Pro :: Time Machine Backups - Partial Recovery Possible From Corrupt External HD

Jun 5, 2014

I have been using a 1 TB Iomega portable HD as my external HD for Time Machine backups of my early 2011 17" MacBook Pro with a 750GB Internal HD with only 190GB utilized. I just got a Time Machine message: 

1) that backup couldn't be performed because of HD problem, and
2) to repair the HD with Disk Utility.

I ran DU Repair Disk and got the following Red Type messages interspersed between normal lines of DU activity reports:

"Invalid Sibling link"The volume Iomega_HDD could not be repaired."Error: Disk Utility can't repair this disk. Back up as many of your files as possible, reformat the disk, and restore your backed-up files."  

Can I recover the original and older time machine backups from my  ext. HD in a procedure that would allow me to continue backing up with TM but restarting with the most recent recovered "uncorrupted" TM backup as the base, thus allowing me access to older backups?

Or is my ONLY alternative to start Time Machine afresh with a full backup today (on a new ext. HD!), and just deem all those valuable Time Machine backups as lost forever?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS 8.6 or Earlier

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