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deleting sparsebundle (a little help please)

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hotwheels 22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 26, 2013 12:30 PM

i am trying to figure out which of the Great Pondini articles applies to my situation and i seem to be a little low blood sugar or something.


i have a Time Capsule that i am currently using to backup my MacBookPro LAPTOP using Wifi. this TC is connnected via ethernet to my Mac Pro.


when i get into the Data folder on this device i see:

My's Mac Pro.sparsebundle and

My's MacBook Pro's.sparsebundle


can anyone tell me the best way to delete the MAC PRO sparsebundle? should i simply open this by doing a show contents from Finder on my MAC PRO and delete the files in there 100 or 200 at a time?



MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), with 64 bit Win7 Boot Camp | iCloud
  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,640 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 12:39 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)


    There is plenty of threads on this issue. See the "More Like This"


    There was one great idea .. delete it from windows..


    Windows wipes the directory without deleting every single file. They are just removed from the file table.. and will be overwritten.. Mac seems to work on having to empty the directory before the directory itself can be deleted, which for something like TM takes ages and ages. I haven't tried it myself but I thought that was excellent tip worth remembering.


    Since you have win7 boot camp.. give it a go.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,640 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 1:02 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    I always just erase the disk.. To me TM backups are not history lessons, they are snapshots of the computer.. if I messed up a file I wouild immediately restore it.. I don't need v1067 from my thesis on solid state physics which I completed 6months ago. If I did, TM is not how I would do it anyway. I would save a document called that version in a safe place. Anyhow it 100% depends on how you use it.


    It takes less than 1min to erase the TC from airport utility.


    If you need the Macbook Pro backup intact and don't want to start a new one, (by ethernet of course) on a freshly scrubbed TC.. then copy it to a safe place.. or archive it.. copy is faster.


    See Pondini Q18 on how to move sparsebundles around. Archive is gone from Airport utility. But it isn't what you want anyway.


    Erase the TC .. start over. .


    But I think if you want to delete the sparsebundle in TC just do it.. open finder.. select the sparsebundle and trash it. It will take from minutes to hours even by ethernet depending on how big it is. Don't be concerned.. let it take all night.

    You are over analyzing I think.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,640 points)
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    Mar 7, 2013 11:01 AM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    When you select erase in the airport utility there are several options.

    Never do anything but quick erase or a single pass zero out.. the former takes about 1min on any size hard disk.. the single pass zero out took 4-5hours on a 1TB disk I just did .. because I wanted to test and make sure the disk was really ok. The 35-pass options would take months.. I understand if you use a TC to store nuclear launch codes that you might need to zero the drive 20-50 times.. but putting an ax through the drive would work better.




    i see there is a red circular "1" next to the TC in Airport Utility and i guess i can find this error message somewhere if i click in the right spot.


    but as importantly, do i just click on the TC (all the buttons are green) then click on Edit when the dialog comes up - then click on DISKS and then click on the ERASE button?


    Yes, wave the mouse pointer over the dot and the errors should list.


    Yes, open the edit and go to the disk page.. then erase button.


    Bob has done the screen shots in one of his posts for v6 utility.


    To his usual excellent standard.



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