7 Replies Latest reply: Aug 28, 2013 1:36 AM by Pondini
azartguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I've screwed up. I sent my Time Machine Backups.backupdb folder to the trash.

 

Fortunately, I caught the error and didn't empty the Trash and dump the folder. But then instead of using "Put Back"  I copied it out of Trash to the HDD and now have two folders:  Backups. and RETRIEVED… but the Backups folder is empty and the RETRIEVED folder has an odd string of folders:   HDD> iMac > 2011-08-08-000744 and 2011-08-09-124425 both of which have >HD > System >Library > Core Services> boot.efi

 

If I open Time Machine I see a full backup but only for the last day and I can't go back any further.

 

I still show a Backups.backupdb folder in the trash, but I don't know what, if anything, to do with it. If I use "Put Back" I will then have 3 such folders. I'll survive losing the backup files because I have been duplicating most of my data files from the past several months on another HD 'just in case,' but I want to get this set up correctly.

 

Any guidance on what I did, how to fix it? Thanks,

Brian


iPad 2, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: Time Machine backup folder trashed
    Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (16,165 points)

    You might start by looking at this web site.

     

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  • 2. Re: Time Machine backup folder trashed
    Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)

    azartguy wrote:

     

    I've screwed up. I sent my Time Machine Backups.backupdb folder to the trash.

     

    Fortunately, I caught the error and didn't empty the Trash and dump the folder.

    You can't. Once removed from the Backups.backupdb folder, backup folders can't be put back:

     

    Screen Shot 2013-08-27 at 5.25.06 PM.png

     

    Unless you need something from it, move the "Retrieved" folder to the trash and empty it (while holding the Alt/Option key).

     

    Or, if there's nothing left on the drive (not a good idea to mix other stuff with Time Machine backups anyway), just erase it with Disk Utility.

  • 3. Re: Time Machine backup folder trashed
    azartguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, I had guessed that but wanted to double check.

    Brian

  • 4. Re: Time Machine backup folder trashed
    azartguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Pondini,

     

    I spoke too soon, something's not working right. I sent the "retrieved" backup folder to trash, but the original folder on the HDD is empty, plus now I can't see anything in TM, and I can't even open the TM preferences.

     

    And I can't empty trash because the backup folder will not be deleted. What now?

    Brian

  • 5. Re: Time Machine backup folder trashed
    Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)

    azartguy wrote:

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    the original folder on the HDD is empty

    That's how it looks, because everything is in the (hidden) trash folder there.

     

    now I can't see anything in TM

    Correct.  You deleted your backups.  There aren't any to display.

     

    I can't even open the TM preferences.

    That's curious, but will probably work after the trash is emptied.

     

     

    And I can't empty trash because the backup folder will not be deleted.

    Did you hold the Alt/Option key while selecting Finder > Empty Trash... from the menubar?

     

    If so, exactly what was the message?

  • 6. Re: Time Machine backup folder trashed
    azartguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks again. I didn't know that you could empty from the Finder menu bar, I've been right clicking the trash and emptying from there, but whatever the difference it solved the problem. And while I was sitting thinking dark thoughts about Apple, Time Machine went ahead and did a full backup so now there is "stuff" in there to see and it's working as expected.

     

    Too bad I didn't read your informative home page on TM before I screwed the pooch, but  I do have most data files scattered around in various backup forms including dropbox, so it could have been worse. And I took your advice and moved everything off the HDD except backups.

     

    Thanks for the help,

    Brian

  • 7. Re: Time Machine backup folder trashed
    Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)