3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 17, 2010 9:05 PM by Pondini
Ronniebel Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
I can't delete an old .sparsebundle to clear space for the back up of my new MacBook Pro Intel Core i7 backup. When trying to delete, I get this message.

The operation can’t be completed because the item “bands” is in use.

Any ideas?

MacBook Pro Intel Core i7, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • 1. Re: Can't delete
    Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)
    That means something is trying to use the sparse bundle. Make sure it's dismounted.

    Or, if there's nothing else on your Time Capsule, just erase it. Use +*Airport Utility.+* Select +*Base Station > Manual Set-Up+* from the Menubar, then Disks in the tool Bar, then Erase.
  • 2. Re: Can't delete
    Ronniebel Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
    How do I dismount it?

    Erasing is not an option. There are 2 MacBook backups on it, my wife's and my daughter's. Neither are here and redoing their backups would be difficult, perhaps impossible.
  • 3. Re: Can't delete
    Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)
    Ronniebel wrote:
    How do I dismount it?

    Erasing is not an option. There are 2 MacBook backups on it, my wife's and my daughter's. Neither are here and redoing their backups would be difficult, perhaps impossible.


    Sorry, I probably should have said Eject it. If it's on your desktop, right-click it and choose Eject. If it's in a Finder window's sidebar, it should have an Eject symbol next to it.

    If it's not shown either place, try +Finder > Preferences,+ then either General (for your Desktop) or Sidebar and check the +External Disks+ box.

    If it's still not shown, start the +Disk Utility+ app in your Applications/Utilities folder. If it appears in the sidebar, select it and click the Eject symbol in the toolbar (or +File > Eject Disk Image+ from the menubar).

    If still no help, try +Airport Utility.+ Select +*Base Station > Manual Set-Up+* from the Menubar, then Disks in the tool Bar, then +*Disconnect All Users+*