How to delete entire time machine backup folder? as well as any backups placed in the trash

trying to free up a drive by deleting the back ups folder. Tried to do it via trash and ended up getting error 8003 or somthing. tried deleting a backup individualy but found that i now have the file stuck in my trash. Did not think it would be this hard tbh. Is there any fast and effeciant way of getting rid of these files?


Just to be sure I understand ... you do not want to erase the TM drive because there are files that are not part of TM on that drive?
If that is the case you can copy those other files to some other drive, before you erase.
Or do you just want to purge the drive of theTM files and leave the rest in place?