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Time machine doesn't complete b/c "backup is too large."

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I'm using 10.5.8 and Time Machine on a time capsule which should have enough space.  I've unchecked the "ask before deleting" option in Time Machine but no dice.  I suspect that the problem stems from when I copied my iTunes folder into my public folder so that I can share among user accounts.  It's not a copy of the folder but rather I moved it. Still, I think that time machine is trying to hold onto two copies.  How can I resolve? Many thanks.

iMac (24-inch Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,700 points)

    Check the Pondini Tips on TM,a dn follow the link to the full Pondini site for all the help there is on TM workings.

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)

    reflexgraphix wrote:

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    I suspect that the problem stems from when I copied my iTunes folder into my public folder so that I can share among user accounts.  It's not a copy of the folder but rather I moved it. Still, I think that time machine is trying to hold onto two copies.  How can I resolve? Many thanks.

    Yes, moving a folder means it will be backed-up again in full.

     

    You might be able to free up enough space by deleting all the backups of iTunes from the original location.  See Time Machine - Frequently Asked Question #12 for instructions.

     

    How much data is on your system, and how large is your Time Capsule? 

     

    Is there any other stuff on your TC?  If so, how much?

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)

    reflexgraphix wrote:

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    I have 401GB on my computer and a TC that's rated for 500GB.

    That's too small.    See Time Machine - Frequently Asked Question #1.

     

    You really need more space for your backups.  Unless your TC is "on it's last legs" and/or you want to get a new one, you could connect a 750 GB or larger USB drive to it, and back up to it, instead of the TC's internal HD.

     

    I'm nervous specifically about deleting iTunes files as these have gone missing in the past ... which is a real bummer.  If I have to, I will, and I'm grateful for your website's instructions and advice to do so.

    While  trying to make room for the new backup, Time Machine has probably already deleted all but the last one. 

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