2 Replies Latest reply: Apr 14, 2013 4:25 AM by OGELTHORPE
Antonymou5 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Let's say the Time Machine back-up has been completed, and all the files needed from my Mac has now been backed-up to my external hard drive, can I already now delete those files inside my Mac to make space in my internal HD?

 

Thanks.


Time Machine, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (11,170 points)

    Be very careful how you delete Time machine files.   You could find yourself with a big trash problem.   Read through the following links ...

     

    http://pondini.org/TM/  Troubleshooting.html

     

    ... and pay particular attention to Section E.

     

    More from the same Guru ... Pondini FAQ

  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 Level 8 (37,265 points)

    You can but that really does not address your problem.  Time Machine will delete old updates when the Time machine disk is full.  If you delete information from the internal HDD and Time machine deletes it from the Time Machine drive, that data is gone.

     

    If you need room on your internal HDD, delete data that you no longer need or transfer that data to a separate external HDD (not the Time Machine HDD).  Time Machine is a backup medium, not a storage medium.

     

    Ciao.