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  • Ben Van Houtte Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    There is another long thread of people reporting the same problem: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2132636&tstart=30. Apparently after upgrading to SL Time Machine tends to start a new series of backups but the old ones are still accessible - even though this is more complicated than it should be.
  • Phil Purviance Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Ben Van Houtte wrote:
    There is another long thread of people reporting the same problem: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2132636&tstart=30. Apparently after upgrading to SL Time Machine tends to start a new series of backups but the old ones are still accessible - even though this is more complicated than it should be.


    That looks like a different issue. This thread is about Time Machine deleting old Time Machine backups, not starting a new backup folder and having the old one inaccessible.

    I know because this just happened to me. I did a clean install of Snow Leopard, and I figured that I could just use Time Machine to restore my Documents, Downloads, Pictures folders, etc. By the time I realized that Time Machine was deleting my old backups to make room for my new install, it was too late and by the time I turned Time Machine off, it had completely deleted all of my backups from before the reinstall.

    I'm now in the process of recovering these files, but this whole thing could have been avoided if Time Machine asked me whether to remove the old backups BEFORE doing it!

    The logs look something like this:
    Deleted backup /Volumes/Home Edition/Backups.backupdb/Kona/2009-11-25-135735: 27.79 GB now available
    Removed all 1 expired backups, more space is needed - deleting oldest backups to make room
    Deleted backup /Volumes/Home Edition/Backups.backupdb/Kona/2009-11-26-020229: 27.83 GB now available
    Deleted backup /Volumes/Home Edition/Backups.backupdb/Kona/2009-11-27-145456: 28.02 GB now available
    Deleted backup /Volumes/Home Edition/Backups.backupdb/Kona/2009-11-28-032652: 28.09 GB now available
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