9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 3, 2013 11:37 AM by chrissice
chrissice Level 1 Level 1

HI,

Ive used up all my data on the time machine.

I'd like to wipe it all and start again, but can't find instructions on how to do that.

Could anyone offer step by step advice for a non-technie. Thanks


Mac OS X (10.6.5)
Solved by Bob Timmons on Feb 3, 2013 11:26 AM Solved

Disk Utility is not used to erase the Time Capsule hard drive.

 

Open Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > AirPort Utility

Click on the Time Capsule\, then click Manual Setup

Click the Disks icon at the top of the window

Click the Disks tab just below this

Click Erase

 

The Quick Erase option will be fine for your needs and will only take a minute or two

 

 

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Reply by LaPastenague on Feb 3, 2013 11:26 AM Helpful

It is strange that disk utility is missing.. but it is not usable anyway.. The TC (I presume what you mean by Time Machine) is a network drive. Disk Utility only works with local drives.

 

You open the airport utility and go the disk page and click the erase.. use only a quick erase otherwise it takes forever.

 

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  • Johannes Pfeiffer Level 1 Level 1

    Hi,

    you actually don't have to. The automatic back up function will delete the oldest stored data on your time machine automatically to make room for the latest back up data.

    hope this helps

    JP

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10
    Could anyone offer step by step advice for a non-technie. Thanks

     

    We can provide the steps to do what you want, but need to know if you are still using OS X 10.6.5 on your Mac?

     

    Or, have you updated to Lion or Mountain Lion OS X?

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10
    The automatic back up function will delete the oldest stored data on your time machine automatically to make room for the latest back up data.

     

    That's the theory. In practice, this rarely works reliably unless you have a very small incremental backup.

     

    Otherwise, you will see a message that the backup is too large and Time Machine cannot back it up. That is likely what chrissice is seeing as well.

  • chrissice Level 1 Level 1

    Hi,

    Thanks for the suggestions.

     

    I'm using Mac Os X 10.6.8

     

    I get a message saying the back up of 250g is too large. There's only 70g left...

     

    I'd like to clear out all the old data and start again now I've cleaned off the large video files from my mac.

     

    ANy suggestions as to what I should do. I'm a little lost?!

     

    c

  • Johannes Pfeiffer Level 1 Level 1

    interesting. It works for me. But erasing content from a disk is easily done using the app "Disc Utility".

    However, I am not sure whether your version of OS X has it installed.

    If you have it and when you open it, it shows on the left panel all the disks that are available.

    Chose your back up disk and go to the tab "Erase". You can even chose from the "security options" how "complete" in terms of recovery the content should be erased. Usually, the default is enough.

    Then click on erase and you will find all content gone from the disk you marked on the left panel.

    Cheers!

    JP

  • chrissice Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks so much for trying to help.

     

    I'm afraid I don't appear to have Disc Utility (at least it's not in the applications folder anywhere) on my Mac.

     

    Is there anything else I might try?

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10

    Disk Utility is not used to erase the Time Capsule hard drive.

     

    Open Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > AirPort Utility

    Click on the Time Capsule\, then click Manual Setup

    Click the Disks icon at the top of the window

    Click the Disks tab just below this

    Click Erase

     

    The Quick Erase option will be fine for your needs and will only take a minute or two

     

     

    Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 1.25.16 PM.png

  • LaPastenague Level 9 Level 9

    It is strange that disk utility is missing.. but it is not usable anyway.. The TC (I presume what you mean by Time Machine) is a network drive. Disk Utility only works with local drives.

     

    You open the airport utility and go the disk page and click the erase.. use only a quick erase otherwise it takes forever.

     

    diskpageTC.png

     

    erasepasses.png

  • chrissice Level 1 Level 1

    Bob, Thanks so much.

    I really appreciate your patience here, and your time to guide me.

     

    Thanks

     

    c