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8362 Views 17 Replies Latest reply: Aug 22, 2009 10:43 AM by aviksaroy
Currently Being ModeratedJul 9, 2009 7:16 PM (in response to drv123)One way to delete a xxxxx.sparsebundle file is to click it to highlight it, then go to the gear icon above and choose Move to Trash.
Be careful as the file will be deleted instantly and you will not be able to retrieve it.MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Time Capsule, AirPort Express, iPhone
Currently Being ModeratedJul 11, 2009 11:25 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)Tried that several times. I'm not running any applications when it says "bands" is in use.various, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 11, 2009 11:32 AM (in response to drv123)Sounds like you have not disconnected the Time Capsule.
Open your hard drive and look for the TC icon under SHARED. Click on the icon and look for the "Disconnect" tab at the upper right of the TC window.MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Time Capsule, AirPort Express, iPhone
Currently Being ModeratedJul 11, 2009 12:22 PM (in response to Bob Timmons)Meant to add that after you Disconnect, you will need to Reconnect again to display your delete options.
If still having trouble, try pulling the power from the TC and restarting as your description indicates that something may be running in the background. So far, I can't duplicate your issue, but I'll keep poking around.MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Time Capsule, AirPort Express, iPhone
Currently Being ModeratedJul 19, 2009 10:46 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)How do I then delete the sparsebundle if the Time Capsule is disconnected?Dual 2 Ghz PowerPC G5, Mac OS X (10.5.3), 2 GB DDR SDRAM
Currently Being ModeratedJul 19, 2009 10:58 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)I tried unplugging and restarting the Time Capsule, still says "bands" is in use. Thank you for any and all suggestions.various, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 19, 2009 3:50 PM (in response to drv123)Sorry, I cannot duplicate the "bands in use" message, so I don't know if the following suggestions will help or not. You may have already tried this, so apologies in advance if that is the case.
Try resetting Time Machine as follows:
Hard Drive > Library > Preferences. Delete the "com.Apple.TimeMachine.plist file"
and restart your computer.
Open System Preferences and click on Time Machine to set up Time Machine again, but for now only set up the computer that has the sparsebundle file you wish to delete. You can set up other computers later.
See if the reset will allow you to access your Time Capsule and the sparsebundle file you want to delete. Once you locate the sparsebundle file to be deleted, click it to highlight it (but do not open the file). Then try the gear icon above to see if that will now allow you to delete the sparsebundle file.MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Time Capsule, AirPort Express, iPhone
Currently Being ModeratedJul 19, 2009 4:11 PM (in response to Bob Timmons)I have no idea what the item "bands" is, but it is in use every time I try to delete the sparsebundle despite the suggestions offered thus far.various, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 20, 2009 5:50 AM (in response to drv123)The sparsebundle format uses many small files, instead of one very large file, to more efficiently manage disk capacity. Each of these files, or "bands", is 8 MB in size; a large disk image will have thousands of bands. "Bands in use" implies that files are either being actively backed up at the time or the Time Capsule is rearranging things by deleting the oldest backups to make room for new backups.
How to stop the process? I don't know. At this point, I think I would call Apple support for assistance. I suspect some files are corrupted and hope that the "fix" is not erasing the disk and reformatting.MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Time Capsule, AirPort Express, iPhone
Currently Being ModeratedJul 23, 2009 7:31 PM (in response to Bob Timmons)I called Apple support twice. The second time we went to a Terminal command to remove the sparsebundle. It appears to be working (it's a big file). I'll be back if there is a sequel to this saga.various, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 24, 2009 12:30 PM (in response to drv123)A much simpler way of doing this is to get a program called "Trash It!" its freeware, and it has yet to fail me. Any time a program won't delete, simply drag it on the Trash It! program icon, you're prompted for your password, and it's as good as gone...MacBook Pro Unibody 2.66GHZ, Mac OS X (10.5.7), 6MB L2 Cache, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 512MB 9600M GT + 256MB 9400M
Currently Being ModeratedJul 24, 2009 9:15 PM (in response to drv123)Apple support came through. The Terminal command worked. Freed up more than 500 GB of Time Capsule real estate. I'm happy!
Currently Being ModeratedAug 16, 2009 9:27 PM (in response to drv123)Having mostly the same problem. A sparse bundle on the time capsule that I need to delete to try and get time machine working.
sudo -rf NAMEOFBUNDLE
rm: NAMEOFBUNDLE//bands: invalid argument
rm: NAMEOFBUNDLE/: Directory not empty
I'm very puzzled by this. I removed the corresponding .ID file in the same directory as the bundle. The computer whose time machine backup this was now has TimeMachine off with no disk selected and is off.
Is the command Apple is using any different?
I cannot get that bands file to disappear, even after cd'ing into the sparse bundle directory itself.
Any other suggestions on how to delete this thing?
PeteriMac G5 isight, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Currently Being ModeratedAug 22, 2009 12:13 AM (in response to drv123)First time it seemed like it worked, but then the Finder crashed and I had to relaunch it and the system. Same here, bands is always in use. Disconnecting users makes no difference. Restarting my Mac makes no difference. Restarting Time Capsule made no difference. So I copied what I cared about from the disk and just quick erased it and redid backs from all computers in the house. Was not worth spending more time on. The images should delete even if corrupted, perhaps a bug that can be fixed soon?Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.8)