Currently Being ModeratedJul 10, 2013 8:57 AM (in response to Murgy1)
Are you doing this through the TM interface, or have you mounted the dmg on the desktop?
990GB is a lot of data...
Currently Being ModeratedJul 10, 2013 9:22 AM (in response to Murgy1)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 13, 2013 8:34 AM (in response to Daniel Ebeck)
Not using the TM interface because TM doesn't see those backups. Name of current laptop & my user ID have changed.
Unsure what .dmg you're referring to.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 13, 2013 8:28 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
After unlocking the folder, Fetching was always greyed out so could not be removed or modified.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 13, 2013 8:39 PM (in response to Eric Root)
The old backups are about a year old. Some of the pondini info was useful.
I was able to change permissions on some of the backups and was able to copy some of the Documents files to my new internal disc.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 13, 2013 8:42 PM (in response to Murgy1)
My problems now: After removing three backup folders from Time Machine to Trash I cannot entirely delete any of the backups in the Trash.
Currently there are 65K files in the Trash. When I click the "Empty Securely" button, with or without also holding down the alt/Option button, the "preparing to empty the Trash" window opens and when the "Number of items to delete" reaches the 65K number, the screen flash exits. Each time I try to empty the Trash the number of items to delete is unchanged then the screen disappears.
Why is this happening? I have not enough space on my internal disc to move/copy any of the items from Trash even if that were possible. What steps should I take to remove the items in the Trash? The three backup folders in Trash have had their permissions changed to R/W recursively for all users: me, admin, staff, everyone. I now have practically no space on my disc.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 14, 2013 7:30 AM (in response to Linc Davis)
I see an appreciable drop in the amount of storage used on the TM external disc after your direction above, thanks, but the Trash still isn't flushed. I'm now down to 54 files (9MB) I can't get rid of. All these files are locked, the Locked option box is greyed out even with the Get Info padlock unlocked. Unable to delete Fetching... from any of these files. The only Trash erase option displayed is the Secure Empty Trash. How do I flush the rest of the Trash?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 14, 2013 10:20 AM (in response to Murgy1)
It's not clear whether you tried to empty the Trash insecurely with the option key down.
By the way, there's a tendency for people to make comments on this site to the effect that you should empty the Trash using a shell command (in Terminal.) Don't do that.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2013 10:13 AM (in response to Murgy1)
I was able to finally change permissions and copy what I needed to another HDD. It took many days. Changing the permissions to the deleted Time Machine folder recursively seemed to never end. Many problems with files whose permissions had not been changed, after all. Think I got what I needed but there must be some easier way to restore the files. I will try never again to allow the backup drive to fill up: flagging files for deletion then loading more data onto the backup disk prevented restoration of the deleted files.
Is it possible to only partly empty the Trash; that is, to select which files I wish to delete but leaving other files in the Trash? That would have save me a lot of time moving items off the backup drive to another backup drive, in order to restore deleted items.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2013 11:23 AM (in response to Murgy1)
Move the files you want to keep to your desktop, empty the trash, and then return the desktop files to the trash.
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