Macintosh OS/size of folder


I spend the time machine back up folder on my external drive.
I highlighted that folder, clicked " command I ", to calculate the
size of the folders contents.

This command I function just remains fixed on CALCULATING SIZE
but never provides the info.

The function calculates any other item I request, on that drive,  but won't respond to calculate the' back up'  folder.
Can you suggest anything ?

Depending on the age of the backup, it can take an hour or more to figure out the size.
Let it run. It can have 500,000, a million, or more files. It has a whole lot of special links.

Terminal has a tmutil for viewing techy info about time machine.

If time machine is the only file on the drive, it is taking up the size of hd minus free space.

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David Anders


Seattle - The Computer Guy - 15 yr veteran Mac/PC/network problem solving. Clients are design firms, artists, freelancers and photographers. PLEASE PLEASE provide EXACT info for Mac Model and OS Version. RAM installed - added cards - external devices - recent changes. Do you do MONTHLY MAINTENANCE? With what Utility? What you have tried and what result do you want.


First computer experience 1969. Worked in 3 computer stores. Setup First Mac and First IBM-PC.

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