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How to delete data from Time Capsule backed up from an old computer?

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At one stage I was backing up both my MacBookPro and my MacBook Air using time machine on to my Time Capsule. I no longer have the Air but would like to know how to delete data that came from the Air or should that just remain there until the space is full?
The Air does not show up as a disk on the capsule for altering the settings so I cannot work out whether that historical data has simply disappeared since the Air was disconnected.
MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Király Level 6 Level 6 (9,470 points)
    Use Disk Utility to erase the whole volume. That will wipe out all your backups from both Macs, and you'll have to start fresh.
    eMac (PowerPC G4, 1.25GHz, 1.5GB RAM, USB 2.0), Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
    Either delete the sparse bundle via the Finder, or use +*Airport Utility.+* Select +*Base Station > Manual Set-Up+* from the Menubar, then Disks in the tool Bar, then Erase.
    24" iMac 9,1 2.66 GHz; 4gb; 640 gb, Mac OS X (10.6.2), dual-band AEBS v. 7.4.2
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
    fenrother wrote:
    I think this would clear all my data not just that from the Air as the Air disk no longer shows. I might have to reconnect the Air and then follow this procedure using the Airport utility. I would welcome your thoughts. thank you.


    Yes, that will erase everything on the disk.

    If you were backing-up two Macs to your TC, there should be two sparse bundles there, one for each Mac. If you can see the sparse bundle for the Air via the Finder (from either Mac), delete it.

    I thought from your first post that you couldn't see the Air's sparse bundle -- if so, the only way to get rid of it is to erase the TC's disk completely.

    Time Machine running on the Pro will not delete any of the old backups from the Air.
    24" iMac 9,1 2.66 GHz; 4gb; 640 gb, Mac OS X (10.6.2), dual-band AEBS v. 7.4.2

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