- Jan 15, 2015
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My husband put about 20 time machine backups in the trash. He thought that would give time machine more space for back ups! Ouch - can't empty the trash. Does anyone know what I need to do? Tina
You can download TrashIt! (http://www.nonamescriptware.com/). Once the download is complete, there will be a file entitled "Trashit.zip" in your downloads folder. I would suggest first dragging it to your desktop. Then, double click on that file, and it will create a folder entitled "Trash It! 6.0.1" on y0ur desktop. Double click on that, and there is another folder (actually two folders) entitled "Drag content to Desktop". Double click on that, and yiu'll see the Trash It! application. Just double click on that, and follow the screen "prompts".I downloaded it but have no clue what to do next. I will wait to hear back from you. Thanks for your help.
First of all, the "not enough memory available" actually means not enough disk space.Changed my mind and hit "run". I opened the trash and all my little trash is gone. Unfortunately what is still there are about 50 time machine backup folders! My husband put them there thinking it would make room on time machine. They are everything on my computer x 50- must be millions of items. What do you think I should do now? Just leave them there?
Also, how do I make more room on time machine when I only have 1 backup (I had my computer restored last week at the apple genius spot- all other backups were deleted). Time machine still says it can't back up b/c not enough memory available (only 10.95 GB are available). I don't know what kinds of things I don't need to backup to make more room.
First of all, the "not enough memory available" actually means not enough disk space.
Secondly, what is the size of the drive/partition you are backing up to?
Third, I do not use Time Machine for my backups (much prefer SuperDuper!), but I thought Time Machine has the ability to "only" backup what has changed since the last backup. Again, though, I am unsure about that. Maybe someone else can "chime" in about that.
Fourth, I understand people use their machines for various reasons. Do you need to have Time Machine continually running and doing the backups (whatever the frequency is)? What would happen if you "skipped" some of those backups. Would that be "harmful" to your processing?
If you do not need "constant" backups, you might want to try the free version of SuperDuper!. It does not run automatically, and thus you would need to run it yourself. But, after doing a complete backup (actually clone) of your system, when you next run it, it will completely replace the prior backup with the new one (it actually deletes the prior backup first). That of course will use quite a bit less disk space than the issues you are having with Time Machine. And, doing a complete restore from a SuperDuper! backup is a breeze, and works like a charm.
However, if you need "versioned" backups (I don't), then either TiemeMachine, or the paid version of SuperDuper! (Carbon Copy Cloner is also good) is what you need.
1. Double click the ForceEmptyTrash.scpt.zip.
2. Double click the ForceEmptyTrash.scpt that comes out of the ForceEmptyTrash.scpt.zip which will open the AppleScript Editor.
3. Click the Run button on the top of the ForceEmptyTrash.scpt window.
4. Type the administrator password in the password field in the window that appeared from clicking on the Run button on the top of the ForceEmptyTrash.scpt window.
5. Click the OK button.
6. Quit the AppleScript Editor.
I just tried it and it is preparing to empty the trash and it is at about 40,000 items at the moment. Will send a reply when something more happens. Thanks, TinaTina,
Have you tried opening Trash, then holding down the command, option, shift and delete keys at the same time?
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