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Mac Time machine & Capsule. When I delet files on time capsule. The file seem to delet vie trash but the available space on time capsule does not increase. Eg I trashed 66 Gb but disc space stayed the same

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  • peter_carey May 23, 2009

    Thanks firesnake09 for your input. Have and had alsready tried your suggested solution. I had an old 66Gb back up on my time capsule for a pwerbook G4. The G4 is no longer used so I opened up its Bundel and deleted, by moveing to the trash all back up for the old G4, except the original first back up which is about 30Gb only. My MacPro trash deted all the file except, as I have said the original first backup of the G4. It definalty seemed to have deleted the files as it took a long time to deal with the empting the trash. Give that I deleted about 36GB one would have expected the old G$ back up to be around 30GB. However when I access the time capsule vier "Connect to Server" under "GO" and "get info"on the G4 bundel it says that the bundel is still 66GB

  • peter_carey May 23, 2009

    What do you mean "may be that file is sosmall in kb so it not change space"

    Are you saying ny deleted fill are still there or are you saying that they appear to there. How do I regain my spce on Time Capsule

  • peter_carey May 27, 2009

    Thanks taran_2005. for your input.

    Not sue waht you mean by "So, what you need to do is only to delete this directory (with ´sudo rm -rf
    /Volumes/NAME_OF_THE _MOUNT´), and boom, your free space would be back again!"

    "ps - NAME_OF_THE _MOUNT means the actual name of your mount point…"

    Are you saying that I should type ' sudo rm etc. etc. I do not have a lot of computer knowelage. I have been useing apple since 1994. Never had the need to go right in behind the seen. Never had problem before. Currently runing MacBook Pro 15", MacBook 13" and time capsule.

    Regards

    Peter


  • peter_carey May 28, 2009

    thanks Taran. After reading you note i deleted the whole file and presto all of space came back. Thanks

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Hi,

The problem is caused by a bad mount. When a mount process fails, the system automatically create a mount and saves the data under /Volumes/NAME_OF_THE _MOUNT.

So, what you need to do is only to delete this directory (with ´sudo rm -rf /Volumes/NAME_OF_THE _MOUNT´), and boom, your free space would be back again!

ps - NAME_OF_THE _MOUNT means the actual name of your mount point…

Thanks.

Posted on May 23, 2009

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    taran_2005 May 27, 2009

    Hi,

    Let me explain you.How are you deleted the files? It sounds as though you are mounting the
    sparsebundle image and then browsing using the Finder windows, locating
    the file(s), and then dragging them to the trash. If that is true, then
    you should stop deleting files this way. It is not the correct
    procedure and could cause corruption of the backup sparsebundle image
    and make it an unreliable backup.



    The other part to explain is that when you backup using Time Machine,
    all the subsequent backups do not copy the file over and over again.
    For example, if you've been doing backups for a while and now have 30
    backups completed, unless you make a change to the file (modify, move,
    etc.), there is only one copy of the file - not 30. So by removing one
    copy out of one backup will not free any space, you'd have to remove
    all the copies and it will still only free up the amount of space equal
    to one copy of the file, not 30. Does that make sense?



    The correct way to remove backups and free up space would be to 'enter
    the time machine', browse to what you want to remove and click the
    action (gear like) icon and select the option to remove the individual
    backup (might not free up too much space) or all the copies of the
    backup (which would free up the most space). Or you can simply remove
    the entire time slot of the backup by browsing to the highest folder
    level (named after the hard drive or computer) and remove the
    individual backup. Be careful not to remove all the copies unless you
    want to remove everything.

    The above one is an example.

    Further help, let me know.

    Thanks.




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May be that file is sosmall in kb so it not change space.

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This is weird. You are right that once you delete some files, the capacity of those deleted files should become a free space for your storage. If I'm not mistaken, the capacity of your Time Capsule is either 500GB or 1TB and you are running Mac Leopard, right?

You may need to double-check the settings on your computer. To do this, please follow the steps below:

1. Apple Menu > System Preferences and then click Time Machine.
2. Check the other settings.

If all the settings are correct, unplugged the power cable from the wall outlet and plug it back in after couple of minutes (2-3 minutes). Then check the available disk space of your Time Capsule.

If same problem exist, try updating the software of your Airport since the Time Capsule is connected via the Airport. Updating the Airport helps the Time Capsule to perform better.

IMPORTANT: Resetting your Time Capsule to factory default settings erases all of the current settings and resets them to the settings that came with your Time Capsule.

Have a great day!

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