I wanted to clean my external disk that I use to back up my mac, but I didn't do it right... I deleted the folder 'Mac's Name' with my back ups, but the weird thing is that there is no extra free space on my external disk. So I learned that you have to delete your back-up within the Time Machine Interface. But I can't recover this folder from the trash can because of this message: "The operation can’t be completed because backup items can’t be modified."

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If you haven't emptied the trashcan, then you can manually move the files back from the /Volumes/<diskname>/.Trashes directory inside a terminal window

Note: You need to be root, so first sudo su - and then cd into the .Trashes directory, and use mv * .. should move and make them available again


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