3514 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 28, 2010 3:42 PM by Pondini
Do not attempt to delete files or folders from the TM backup manually or you risk completely damaging the backups. TM purges automatically until it no longer can free up sufficient space. Either erase the backup drive and start over or replace the current drive with a larger one.
For more information read the User Tips at the top of this forum's Topics list or visit A whole lot about Time Machine.
I use a 1.5TB eSATA drive for my Time Machine backups. It's gotten to the point where that drive has been hovering around 5GB of free space and TM keeps telling me it's deleting old backups multiple times a day. Except from being a nuisance, that's not a problem as far as I can tell,
No, that's exactly what it's designed to do:
As the others say, unless there's a problem, it's best to just let it do it's thing.
You can delete old backups one at a time through the TM interface (click the gear button.) But there's no way to delete multiple old backups in one operation.
i need to delete one specific part of a recent TM back up..160gb in size..
can you step me thru how to do this?
You can delete all backups of selected items. But that gets all backups of all versions of it. If you created a file and it was backed it up, then changed it and it was backed-up again, you cannot delete the backups of only one version.
See #12 in Time Machine - Frequently Asked Questions (or use the link in *User Tips* at the top of this forum).