1 Reply Latest reply: Nov 14, 2011 9:04 PM by Pondini
Karate Kidd Level 1 (0 points)

While attempting to delete an "Archived Time Machine Backup" - sparsebundle

this message was received:


The operation can’t be completed because the item “token” is locked.


I can not delete an Archived Backup. ( sparsebundle )


Backup file is on an external usb hard drive conntected to time machine


Any ideas?



iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Pondini Level 8 (38,740 points)

    Is there anything else on the partition?  If not, just connect the drive directly to your Mac and erase the partition with Disk Utilitiy -- that will be much faster.


    If there is, connect it directly to your Mac.  Deleting the sparse bundle will take quite a while, but be faster if it's connected directly.


    Select and right-click the sparse bundle via the Finder, and select Show Package Contents.


    On the next window, select and right-click the token and select Get Info.  Remove the check from the locked box.


    Then try the deletion again.


    If it seems excruciatingly slow, see the blue box in #Q5 of Using Time Machine with a Time Capsule.