Simply right-click a file in Time Machine and choose the option to delete all backups of it. I now have them in my trash, yet i can not get rid of them however i try. Terminal prompted for my password. Select finder from your menu bar. I run into the same trouble with Mac: I manually deleted backups, but as soon as I plug in backup disk, I see my trash ful with what I deleted! Also, for some reason creating a backup on this hard drive locked all my other folders and subfolders.
. Would be nice though : I'm starting to think that having a backup drive that is for backup only might be a good idea. I also tried to remove files directly from the backup in progress package and it let me but I still have the same problem when trying to empty the trash. I don't understand what terminal to open. Trashes folder manually or is there something else I should try? Pressing the correct key will cause your computer to reboot into Safe Mode.
I decided to reboot and when I did my Mac trash was empty. See this Apple document I have the problem that was originally mentioned. I didn't know, before, that deleting backups was done directly in Time Machine, so I threw these backups in the trash directly from the finder. So that's how this issue is fixed. I just clicked move to trash but it didn't work.
I hope this helps you and a lot of other users. How to Delete the Local Backups This will work for most people, but it can sometimes cause problems. I do have data on the drive that I use for back ups. Please help I have tried this and it's not working for me. The Time Machine will be unable to successfully complete a backup until this corrupted file is deleted. As soon as I connect to the time capsule the files appear in the trash bin again. But now they are stuck in the trash.
I right clicked on the backup in progress and noticed that the permissions were set to system and staff and everyone as read only except for the system which can also write. I don't want to tell you to do anything else without actually getting that straight because the command line allows you to delete pretty much anything, even stuff crucial to the operation of the computer. Careful, messing that up could delete the wrong thing. Dave Smith Click to expand. It will automatically be recreated. Either way, you won't be able to delete the file.
In this way, Time Machine can maintain extensive snapshots of your system over time. Select to save on the Desktop. Be patient, it'll do it. I entered that and then. I can now empty the trash while the external is plugged in which I couldn't do before and no other issues have occurred. You have to restore the entire Identity and export the data you want.
When the Trash is eventually emptied then this incomplete Time Machine backup file has been deleted. I tried one file at a time and it works until i try to do anything with the backup in progress so there is no doubt that that is the culprit. I told it to start deleting and it started but then freaked out and said that files were locked. Trashes folder taking up space on your backup drive? If it's a specific message folder, you can drag the folder to the Desktop as. So every time I plug the external drive in, the trash shows up with 5 different backups. The exact same thing is happening to me. I've spent hours on Google, browsing forums Macrumours too! My computer did nothing for about a minute.
A google search didn't turn up the reason for the error. Since time machine hasnt been working. I can unlock them one at a time but this will take a while. I added Me to the list and I changed the permissions to read and write and now the in progress file is blinking uncontrollably and no matter how many times I select read and write it will not change and it is still blinking. If as advised you want to partition the drive so some space is used for Time Machine and some space is used for other things this may be possible if you have enough spare disk space. Inside are many date-stamped folders. I must have hit a nerve I hope in some way it kills this damn file.