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Delete all backups of "filename" from Time Machine not working in Mac OS X 10.8.3?

1092 Views 35 Replies Latest reply: May 11, 2013 10:01 PM by Pondini RSS
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,420 points)

    When I restore/viewing/etc those gray ones, it is from my MacBook Pro?


    That's right. The local snapshots are like a cache from which you can retrieve files that you changed or deleted by mistake, even when the TM backups are unavailable.

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

    antdude wrote:

    . . .

    Interesting and SO confusing!!!! Is there a way to show only what is backed up on external HDD then?

    No.  You can delete them all by turning TM OFF, but new ones will be created when you turn it back on.


    You can turn them off separately, so none get created, but that's not recommended -- if you're travelling, without access to your TM drive, and accidentally delete a file, or make unintended changes to it, or it gets damaged, you won't be able to recover anything.


    That's the purpose of the white vs. pink indicators -- once you get used to them, the difference shouldn't be a problem.  See Time Machine - Frequently Asked Question #30 for the gory details.

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

    antdude wrote:

    . . .

    I re-enabled both, and all purple now and one gray (now).

    Actually, the Today (Now) display is not a Local Snapshot -- it's just the current contents of your Mac.


    You often won't see the snapshots made while your TM drive was available -- they're made at the same time, and when they're both found, only the TM backup is shown. 


    Sometimes when the TM drive isn't available, you'll see the pink ones, but they're all faded-out and you can't select them.


    I never knew TM did local backups.


    Before Lion, it didn't.  And they're (normally) made only on laptops, since the TM drive (external or network) can easily be available at all times for a desktop Mac.

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

    antdude wrote:


    Is it me or does Apple not include legends and help (F1 key does nothing) in Time Machine browser? :/

    One of my pet peeves:  there's essentially no Help at all for the TM browser -- no menubar, either.  There is some for the TM Preferences panel.  If you dig around there, you'll find a little.


    There's a bit more in Apple's Time Machine Tutorial, and much more in Time Machine - Frequently Asked Question #15A.

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