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Time Machine failing (.inProgress)

Discussion in 'Programming/Internet' started by ErinB, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. ErinB

    ErinB Guest

    My Time Machine recently stopped working. When it tries to create a backup, it quickly fails with the error:


    "Unable to complete backup. An error occurred while creating the backup folder."

    The drive has plenty of space and I have not updating my operating system. Actually, due to software compatibility issues, I'm still running 10.9.5. Everything I've found on google says to remove the .inProgress file, but when I try to delete it (drag it to Trash) I get this error:


    "The Finder can't complete the operation because some data in "file.inProgress" can't be read or written. (Error code -36)"

    I've tried tmutil delete and it returned the error "tmutil: delete requires root privileges." I don't even know what that means. Can someone give me another suggestion? Manually backing up my hardrive is a huge pain and I forget to do it more often than not.

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