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I am not able to delete permanently time machine backups from an external hard drive which are now in my trash. After an hour or so « deleting items » and a growing number, I get « the operation can’t be completed because an unexpected error occurred error code -8072 ». I have tried many times and different backups but no success. I can’t even restore them out of the trash anymore and have therefore not managed to free any space from my hard drive which was the aim.
Here is what I have done : -deleted some backups directly via finder -stopped auto backups from time machine to avoid interference -tried emptying the trash or « delete immediately » individually
Any help would be appreciated, have tried looking around but no luck so far.
MacBook Air (13-inch mid 2011) macOS Sierra 10.12.6