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  • Sonicray Level 4 Level 4 (1,465 points)

    Open the "Terminal" and type this: rm -rf ~/.Trash/* and hit <return>


    You are now done. The trash should be empty and make sure to check "disk permissions" and "repair the disk" then restart the mac...



  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (169,220 points)

    That won't work. The files are in the Trash folder on his TM volume, not the one in his home folder. I don't know what the point of repairing permissions would be. A restart is unnecessary. Error -8003 is not a file-busy error; it's an ACL error. Restarting doesn't change the ACL's and neither does a permission repair.

  • Specialty-Machining Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I cannot seem to figure out how to get the the Time Machine Menu Bar.  Is it simple/stupid?  When I pull up Time Machine, there is no menu bar.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (169,220 points)

    I mean the menu bar at the top of the screen, for instance when you're in the Finder. You might want to look into this, if you live near an Apple Store:


    Apple Retail Store - Free Workshops

  • Specialty-Machining Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I can't seem to figure out a way to get the Time Machine Menu Bar.  It doesn't seem to be accessible from Time Machine.

  • Specialty-Machining Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OKAY:  So just any menu bar.  Got it.

  • Specialty-Machining Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried the Terminal approach when I visited "Trash It"'s Site.

  • Specialty-Machining Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


    I was succesful, after I erased my Time Machine External Drive.

    Thank you!

    Rod the Clod

  • AAZ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I guess I too tried to erase an old TM backup file by trashing, now can't empty trash without -8003 error. My backup was a yr old but apparently still caused problems. I had TM turned off for several months.


    Looking at your 6/12 notation re: Erasing TM volume. By volume do you mean to erase the entire disc & reformat. I use a large backup disc with multiple files in addition to my TM backups. How do I just erase the TM?

    Sorry, probably seems like a stupid question. From my perspective TM is a pain. Nice to have the backups, but it would also be nice to set the frequency of backups so it is less frequent. I'm just a casual user & find TM really slows up my computer while it's backing up.


  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (169,220 points)

    You have to erase the volume (partition) with the TM repository. Other volumes on the same device don't have to be erased. That's another reason not to put any other files on the same volume as the repository. There is actually no other way to get rid of it.

  • AAZ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    1. I did not partition this disc to begin with, where do I find out how to partition it now, or can it even be done?


    2. I am trying to re-copy files back from the trash but it is taking forever.


    3. I have 2 ext drives, I can't recall from which I trashed the old backups that are giving me the problem. Very difficult to try to figure this out after trying other things for a wk.


    Thanks very much

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (169,220 points)

    1. Partitioning is done with Disk Utility, which has built-in help.


    3. Unmount one of the drives. If the Trash empties, that was the one with the files. If not, it's the other one.

  • wrekzthedog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    what is the termina? i have a -8003 error when i empty trash

  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (11,375 points)

    We get good advice on the forums but sometimes a step by step approach is more useful.    Do you know of an Apple worksheet on emptying Time Machine folders that have wrongly been put into the trash.    Much obliged for any help.

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