2 Replies Latest reply: Sep 11, 2013 11:53 PM by Anton Le
Anton Le Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have copied to TC a very big folder with photos but TC have lost connection during the process.

And now there is grey coloured folder witch I can't delete.

I think it's kind of error in file system.

How do I check file system on internal disk of my Time Capsule?


Thanks in advance

Airport Time Capsule 802.11ac
  • LaPastenague Level 8 Level 8 (45,250 points)

    The TC is a network drive.. you cannot check it...


    Apple provided one and only one exception to this via the airport utility.. you can erase the disk. Do a quick erase and your failed fail transfer will be deleted and you can start over.


    The latest AC version TC has much less controls than previous versions so you are kind of stuck.


    There are methods of deleting folders via the terminal.. i am not sure of the commands.


    There might be permissions problems.


    And worst of all you might have loaded the files into the sparsebundle.. which directory did you load these files into.. I hope you created a new folder under Data share. If you loaded it into sparsebundle it cannot be deleted. You have a permissions issue.


    There is a trick suggested in this post.. to create an empty folder.. with the same name as the problem folder.. that really should not work or even be possible.. but it could work for you.



  • Anton Le Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for a clue.

    Have tried many variations to solve the problem and method of deleting via terminal has helped me.

    I've found the solution at apple support page but after about an hour of serfing in Internet.




    Advanced tip about deleting locked files

    If there are several locked files in the Trash, you can unlock them all at the same time at the command line. Follow these steps:

    1. Open Terminal. It's located in /Applications/Utilities.

      Type: chflags -R nouchg

      Note: Type one space (not pictured) after nouchg in the line above, so that it ends in "nouchg ". Do not press Return yet.
    2. Double-click the Trash icon in the Dock to reveal the contents of the Trash. If necessary, arrange the Finder window so that a portion of the Terminal window is still visible.
    3. Press the Command-A key combination to select all files in the Trash.
    4. Drag the files from the Trash to the Terminal window.
      Note: This automatically enters the pathname for each file. This eliminates the need to individually empty multiple Trash directories, particularly when multiple disks or volumes are present.
    5. Press Return. No special text message will be shown indicating that the command was successful.
    6. Empty the Trash.

    If the Trash does not empty or if you see a message in Terminal that says "usage: chflags [-R [-H | -L | -P]] flags file..." you most likely did not type the text in step 2 as indicated or did not leave a space. Repeat the steps if this happens.