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HT1427 No option to delete Time Machine backups

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cohn17 Calculating status...
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May 7, 2013 5:54 AM

My Time Machine drive is full and is not deleting old backup files (folders).  Every article I've seen says that I should go into Finder and click on the gear icon, and from that select the option to delete backup files.  However, my options are:

 

Open

Get info

Compress "(specific backup file name)"

Burn "(specific backup file name)" to Disc ...

Copy "(specific backup file name)"

Arrange By

View Options ...

 

and then the label colors

 

How do I delete the old backups?  I know from experience that if I just move them to the Trash folder, that doesn't work properly.

 

I'm on a Macbook Pro running OS 10.6.8.

 

Thanks!

MacBook Pro
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    May 7, 2013 3:50 PM (in response to cohn17)

    cohn17 wrote:

     

    My Time Machine drive is full and is not deleting old backup files (folders).

    Do you mean it's failing for lack of room?  If so, it's already deleted all but the most recent backup (it won't ever delete your last remaining backup).  If so, it sounds like the backup disk just isn't large enough to contain that last backup plus a new one.  See #C4 in Time Machine - Troubleshooting for details.

     

    Every article I've seen says that I should go into Finder and click on the gear icon, and from that select the option to delete backup files.  However, my options are:

    You missed a couple of steps.  Go into the Finder, Enter Time Machine and navigate to a backup you want to delete, then click the "gear" icon.  See Time Machine - Frequently Asked Question #12. 

     

    I know from experience that if I just move them to the Trash folder, that doesn't work properly.

    Correct (on Snow Leopard or earlier -- it does work on Lion or later).

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    May 8, 2013 7:55 AM (in response to cohn17)

    It sounds like the backups are damaged or corrupted.  Did you get this message recently?

     

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    If so, see #C13 in Time Machine - Troubleshooting.

     

    If not, what happens when you run a backup -- does it fail?  If so, with what message? 

     

    Just where are these backups?  On a directly-connected (USB or FireWire) external HD, or a Time Capsule, or on your network?

     

    You might try to repair the backups, per #A5 in the above link.

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