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    Unable to delete older backup files on Mac OS X 10.6.5

    On my mac machine am unable to delete the older backup files, there are many backup file to be deleted from my disk but now whenever I delete them they moving to trash and when I empty the trash they still continue to appear in trash. There is no way that I can delete them permanently.

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    luck Array
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    Re: Unable to delete older backup files on Mac OS X 10.6.5

    Hello my dear friend ...


    Go to the DOCK first

    Then click on the TIME MACHINE icon

    Then use the ARROWS or the TIMELINE along the Right side of your screen

    It will be used to browse the BACK UPS TIME MACHINE HAS CREATED

    The windows behaves like FINDER windows

    Open the folders .. click on the Sidebars

    When you find the ITEM YOU WANT TO DELETE ... Select it

    OPEN THE ACTION MENU


    Choose DELETE BACKUPS FOR AN ITEM


    VERY GOOD LUCK

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    Neeraj31 Array
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    Re: Unable to delete older backup files on Mac OS X 10.6.5

    Hello,

    Here is step-by-step what I did to delete my old backup


    Open Time Machine Disk
    Locate and open the folder Backups.backupdb
    Go to view by date and choose oldest on top
    Select the backup you want to delete
    Open Teminal and type sudo rm -rvf
    Drag and drop the old folders you want to delete in the Terminal Window
    Enter you user password at the prompt
    Go take a coffee or watch a movie, when the process is done you may have to repeat it again for some folders that don't want to delete.


    When all your old folders are gone, Time Machine needs to update its database. Here is a way to force Time Machine to update.


    Enter Time Machine and go to the oldest Backup which is still listed
    Select it and click on the little gear and then choose Delete Backup
    Enter your password and wait a few minutes
    Quit Time Machine interface and come back again. Now you should have your Time Machine listing the correct backup.

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    arunwillbe1 Array
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    Re: Unable to delete older backup files on Mac OS X 10.6.5

    Hi friend,

    Don't worry for unable to delete the older backup files in mac os x system.You can resolve this by restart the mac system once.Follow the below mentioned steps to delete backup file without error.

    +++ Steps to follow to delete the older backup files in mac os x without error :

    1. First of all close the backup file and restart the mac system manually.

    2. After restart locate the backup file and open it.

    3. Now locate the older backup file which you want to delete..

    4. Select it and tap the options by right click on mouse.

    5. In options you will see the many options.

    6. Among this find and tap the delete option.

    Thank you.................

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