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Can not delete sparsebundle backup

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  • vikg Calculating status...
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    Aug 26, 2010 3:46 PM (in response to John Christiansen)
    Us all . Just talked to Applecare ... the only option they provide is erasing the whole disk if the individual delete doesn't work. Said deleting the bands folder can have unpredictable results. Guessing they had no clue other than the nuclear option so this was a scripted response. Thanks.
    iMac 24", Mac OS X (10.6.4), 2.8 Ghz, 4 GB 667 MHz RAM
  • John Christiansen Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
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    Aug 26, 2010 11:03 PM (in response to vikg)
    Hi,

    Sorry to hear that Apple could not provide more help. Do you have Apple Care on the Time Capsule?

    Have you tried to disconnect all computers and restart the device - it is a TC, right? Pull out the plug and wait some seconds and restart it, and remember to access it from the Finder.

    I have read quite complicated suggestions on manipulation of the sparsebundles, but never managed to get them to work myself but they includes termnial commands.
    iMac MBA TC, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • vikg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 30, 2010 2:15 PM (in response to John Christiansen)
    Decided it would be quicker to erase the entire drive on the TC and re-backup all machines, rather than go thru the mental and physical/time expense of doing a manual delete. Figured the wear and tear on the TC would be about the same or less. Thanks all for the feedback.
    iMac 24", Mac OS X (10.6.4), 2.8 Ghz, 4 GB 667 MHz RAM
  • John Christiansen Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
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    Aug 30, 2010 9:29 PM (in response to vikg)
    Might be a wise decision, to get on with your life . Also thinks, that the limitations for immediate manipulation of the TC and the sparsebundles can be thought of as a kind of extra security, now we are talking about backing up things.

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    iMac MBA TC, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • dk12 Calculating status...
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    Sep 27, 2010 9:57 PM (in response to jedicpa)
    Wow...Did anybody tried using a Windows Computer to delete the file? I did, it deleted my 225 GB MAC Mini backup file in under a MAC.
    I would suggest delete the backup, sell the MAC and buy Windows computer...But who am I to say, I own a MAC too and this is why I also own a Windows based computer ...Sometimes the MAC just doesn't work.

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    Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
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    Oct 6, 2010 3:26 PM (in response to Charmian Gaud)
    Chairman,

    What do you mean by "open network, then choose data"? Where is "Open Network" on my machine? that is new to me.
    macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • MccoQy Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 9, 2010 6:31 AM (in response to dk12)
    dk12 wrote:
    Wow...Did anybody tried using a Windows Computer to delete the file? I did, it deleted my 225 GB MAC Mini backup file in under a MAC.

    Thanks, that was the best hint here! I started VMWare Fusion with Windows, connected to the Time Capsule via Windows Explorer (using " \ \<ipadress>" in explorer) and just deleted the Sparsebundle. 450 GB in less than 10 minutes with a nice and working progress bar. Sometimes Finder is really a wimp.
    Mac Mini 2009, MBP 2008, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Been Here Since iTools Calculating status...
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    Oct 28, 2010 6:48 PM (in response to dk12)
    Hurrah! So glad I read until the end of this thread.

    I called Apple Support and the kid didn't know the difference between terminal and console. Not nearly as sharp as the Geniuses at the Apple Store. And, he refused to transfer me to a supervisor. Arrggh!

    The Windows trick was genius. I fired up Parallels, connected to the TC, and deleted the 750GB sparsebundle in less than 30 minutes! Thanks, everyone!
    MacBook 2,1, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 1TB Time Capsule
  • LaszloMako Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 28, 2010 10:25 PM (in response to dk12)
    Based on dk12's idea, I succeeded with the same way, but I made it from Finder.

    Here's how: Don't connect to your TC, but check it's ip address. Then in Finder go to "Go" - "Connect to server..." - "smb://TCipaddress" - it will open up the TC's root folder with almost the same look when you connect it using the normal procedure. The difference is that in this scenario you are connected through smb ("windows sharing") just like you guys did it from windows. And there you go, you can delete your stubborn sparsebundle file (which is a folder actually if you see it through smb).

    I think this is communication or protolc related, not Finder related. Finder's integrity has been saved once again...not like afp's :))))

    I hope this helps, and thank you for dk12 for the great idea! I was fighting with this issue for days :))
    MacBook White 2008, Mac OS X (10.6.4), .
  • LaszloMako Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 28, 2010 10:27 PM (in response to LaszloMako)
    I mean: ...protocol, not Finder related... :))
    MacBook White 2008, Mac OS X (10.4.6), .
  • Rich364 Calculating status...
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    Nov 7, 2010 8:19 AM (in response to Marchman)
    I found an easier way to delete the sparsebundle... though many of us may not like my suggested process (or have access to it). I was having the same issue where the delete process wasn't progressing. The solution I found was to delete the sparsebundle from my PC that also had access to my TimeCapsule that contained the file. I just selected it and deleted... it took about 8 minutes to delete a 700GB sparsebundle without a hitch.

    Good luck.
  • macfanta Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Dec 20, 2010 8:49 PM (in response to jedicpa)
    I just ended the time machine backup, chosing NO HD option end quit Time Machine. I started another backup, it creates a new .sparsebundle, and now I clicked at old sparsebundle and pressed Control + right click + Move to Trash.

    It takes some minutes but you see the size of da file smaller each time you click on it at finder.
    MID2010 i7 17MBP 5400RPM 8GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Daniel Derome Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Feb 23, 2011 10:16 AM (in response to jedicpa)
    Hi folks

    Same problem here.

    After trying everything suggested up-heer, I have tried the free app Graveyard.

    http://download.cnet.com/Graveyard/3000-2094_4-139654.html?tag=contentMain;conte ntBody;2d

    I just dragged the sparsebudle file on the app icon, and let it work 10 or 15 minutes and voilà.

    Your welcome in advance
    MacBook pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6), IPodtouch
  • Jesusshockwave Calculating status...
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    Mar 25, 2011 4:25 AM (in response to Charmian Gaud)
    Hello Charmain,

    I did everything you mentioned. I see all the files and everything. I cannot even delete one at a time... (in the Bundle). It does not delete. Is there another way to delete my sparse bundle other than Drag to trash and manually delete the bundle files?

    Thanks,
    Jeremy
    27" 2TB OSX Leopard iMac Desktop, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • tercla Calculating status...
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    Apr 14, 2011 3:30 PM (in response to jedicpa)
    I have been unable to delete the obsolete sparsebundle from a previous Macbook on my Time Capsule which was taking up a huge amount of space and also having stored over 500Gb of other information on the same Time Capsule I was faced with having to move all of this data before I would be able to erase the Time Capsule disk space to clear the obsolete sparsebundle. I then discovered Pathfinder by Cocoatech. By loading Pathfinder I was given extra options when right clicking on the sparsebundle one of which is "Reveal" which brings up a window similar to Windows Explorer and has an option at the top of the window to "Delete". Clicking on "Delete" then brings up a warning saying the file you wish to delete is too large for the Trash do you wish to delete immediately (or something similar). Clicking on yes deletes the file. Job done !!!! Ok it cost a few £'s but it took all the pain out of the situation and hours and hours of waiting
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)

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