Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Cant empty trash full of time machine backups

    Member Since
    Mar 01, 2012
    Posts
    1
    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??

  2. #2
    Cant empty trash full of time machine backups
    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    45,293
    Specs:
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, Yosemite
    Make sure you exit Time Machine first before attempting to empty the Trash. Also, the Time Machine external drive must be attached.

  3. #3
    Cant empty trash full of time machine backups
    vansmith's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 19, 2008
    Location
    Toronto
    Posts
    19,398
    Specs:
    2012 13" MBP (2.5 i5, 8GB)
    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?
    Important Links: Community Guidelines : Use the reputation system if you've been helped.
    M-F Blog :: Write for the blog
    Writing a Quality Post

  4. #4
    Cant empty trash full of time machine backups

    Member Since
    Jun 03, 2011
    Posts
    6
    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.)

  5. #5
    Cant empty trash full of time machine backups
    cradom's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 14, 2004
    Location
    Nederland, Texas
    Posts
    4,082
    Specs:
    13in macbook - 10.10.4
    Quote Originally Posted by twfmike View Post
    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
    Craig Domingue
    (\__/)
    (='.'=) This is Bunny. Copy and paste Bunny into your
    (")_(") signature to help him gain world domination

  6. #6
    Cant empty trash full of time machine backups
    chas_m's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 22, 2010
    Location
    Victoria, BC
    Posts
    18,971
    Specs:
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    Wrong answer.

    The "solution" to having backups go back quite a ways is much simpler, and doesn't involve monkeying around with manual deletions or hacks.

    Simply buy an external drive that is SIGNIFICANTLY LARGER than the one you're backing up.

    That's it! Time Machine only makes ONE master backup and then just "adds what's changed" in supplement. If you have, for example, a 500GB boot drive, a 1TB external should easily be able to go back six months or quite a bit longer -- maybe years, depending on how much material you change each day (hint: most people -- nothing much).

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. How to know if time machine is making full system backups
    By burnedfaceless in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 08-05-2013, 01:59 PM
  2. Time capsule empty - backups on desktop
    By CatG in forum Other Hardware and Peripherals
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-06-2013, 12:00 AM
  3. Time Machine Not Auto-Deleting Old Backups When Full
    By MYmacROX in forum OS X - Apps and Games
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-19-2013, 11:34 AM
  4. Time Machine nearing full, but has few backups on it (?)
    By RJMang in forum Other Hardware and Peripherals
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-30-2012, 10:20 PM
  5. usb drive says full but isn't, and trash is empty
    By bronx3639 in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-26-2011, 01:51 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •