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Billyboy 03-01-2012 02:57 AM

Cant empty trash full of time machine backups
 
Tried to make more space on external backup drive by dragging 5 time machine backups into my trash but now trash can't seem to empty them and I can't drag them out either. When I unplug drive it goes away but as soon as I plug backup drive in again they are sitting in trash waiting to be emptied. Can anyone help me empty my trash??

chscag 03-01-2012 01:45 PM

Make sure you exit Time Machine first before attempting to empty the Trash. Also, the Time Machine external drive must be attached.

vansmith 03-01-2012 01:52 PM

You shouldn't have to manually remove TM backups - TM will clean out old ones when it needs room. Is there any particular reason that you're deleting them manually?

twfmike 05-12-2012 06:18 PM

Same Problem
 
I have the same problem. Obviously, it was a mistake to manually delete TM backups, but there is good reason: TM automatically deletes the oldest backups, and backs up every hour, so if TM drive is left plugged in for a few hours, you end up with lots of backups from today, maybe yesterday, but nothing historic...


I want a backup from 6 months ago, one from 3 months, one from last month and one from last week, as well as yesterday and this morning. Is that unreasonable? TM could do with some options!

Anyway... how can I empty the trash on my TM drive. (have tried sudo rm -rf trashes from the TM directory, but nothing happened.)

cradom 05-12-2012 09:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by twfmike (Post 1404454)
I want a backup from 6 months ago, one from 3 months, one from last month and one from last week, as well as yesterday and this morning. Is that unreasonable? TM could do with some options!

Download TimeMachineEditor for Mac - Change the one-hour interval of Time Machine backups. MacUpdate.com


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