Currently Being ModeratedOct 6, 2012 2:42 PM (in response to Bruce L.)
See Pondini's TM FAQs for starters.27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
Currently Being ModeratedOct 7, 2012 10:12 AM (in response to baltwo)
I tried this:
If a sparse bundle is very large, and OSX says it will take many hours to delete it, there is a faster, but more tedious, way:
- •Cancel the deletion.
- •Right-click the sparse bundle in the Finder and select Show Package Contents.
- •Open the bands folder (it may take a while to show the contents).
- •Select a large number of bands (up to about 8000 at a time), and delete (trash) them.
- •When they’re all deleted, delete the sparse bundle.
I got an error message:
"This operation cannot be completed because df4 [one of the bands] is in use."
Currently Being ModeratedOct 7, 2012 11:03 AM (in response to Bruce L.)
I don't use TM, but based on the message, don't select band df4 and try again.27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
Currently Being ModeratedOct 8, 2012 7:19 PM (in response to baltwo)
What worked was to delete bands then restart the TC, then delete, restart, until all gone. Now the bands are empty and I still see the sparsebundle even though I trashed it. ????
Currently Being ModeratedOct 8, 2012 8:38 PM (in response to Bruce L.)
Then, all I can say is go back to Pondini's doc and see if he addresses the problem. If not, post back and I'll see if I can get him to look at this thread.27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
Currently Being ModeratedOct 20, 2012 1:47 PM (in response to baltwo)
Maybe you just deleted the bands but not the sparse bundle folder itself or since you restarted Time Machine it might have already resetted and created an new sparse bundle folder.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2013 11:11 AM (in response to Bruce L.)
THIS WORKS TO DELETE A SPARSEBUNDLE FILE:
You should be able to just erase the disk via +*Airport Utility.+* Select +*Base Station > Manual Set-Up+* from the Menubar, then Disks in the tool Bar, then Erase. That's very quick.
Pondini, thank you so much! I've spent hours over three days trying to delete a sparsebundle from my Time Machine because it wouldn't back up a new machine. Tried all kinds of things - deleting the file itself (two overnights - still churning in the morning), then tried the delete the bands file, tried to do it from a PC... could not for some crazy reason find the answer on the Apple website, then stumbled on Pondini's explanation and it deleted the 750MB file in seconds. Amazing!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2013 5:00 PM (in response to gaiagraphics)
I had a big hassle with backing up to time capsule, it had not worked for a month, and every attempt at backup had crashed my MBP. I've been on the forums, and after reading this I finally decided to erase the Time Capsule (very frightening, but I had already done an online backup with backblaze just in case). Immediately after erasing the Time capsule, my new full backup is working beautifully with no crashes and at a reasonable speed. All my old backups are gone, but at least my new backups are working now. Thanks forum folk!
Currently Being ModeratedOct 6, 2013 6:54 AM (in response to Bruce L.)
(1) I connected to my Time Capsule by an App called 'Remote Files' on my iPad
(So,no file in the 'band' would be in used.)
(2) Then, I deleted the unwanted 400G sparse bundle in 2 minutes
(3) Now, I am doing a clean archive for my Time Capsule. Wishing it archive beautiful : )
Currently Being ModeratedOct 27, 2013 9:19 PM (in response to Vik Lai)
Hi, could you please give us more detail?
Currently Being ModeratedOct 28, 2013 8:50 AM (in response to llirik K)
The Mac OSX is using some of the 'bands' file inside the sparse bundle.When I deleting the sparse bundle, the files can never be deleted from the OSX. The process takes forever. Then, I found following process works:-
(1) I used this software on my iPad to browse the Time Capsule and deleted the unwanted 400G sparse bundle. (you may delete the 'bands' in the sparse bundle first, then the whole sparse bundle). It worked perfect.
(2) After deleting all the unwanted sparse bundle, plug-in your USB external harddisk to the TimeCapsule directly.
(3) you can launch AirPort Utility on your MacbookPro .
(4) right click your Airport Time Capsule >Edit
(5)Disk > Archive Disk
(6)The archiving process works perfect even your MacbookPro is switched off
(7*) Everything is back-up safe perfectly in 24hours!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 8, 2013 12:27 PM (in response to Vik Lai)
Thanks for sharing this app and mini how-to. Over night and all day I've been trying to delete the sparse bundle but it never worked. The app worked like a charm. I'm starting my time machine backup from scratch but I didn't have to erase the whole drive and 180GB of non-bundle data.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2014 1:32 AM (in response to Vik Lai)
Bummer! Remote File Browser is no longer in the iTiunes Store. I have a 556GB sparsebundle I am trying to delete.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2014 8:05 AM (in response to Roger Lier1)