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HT1427 Time Machine Back-Up

164 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Apr 14, 2013 4:25 AM by OGELTHORPE RSS
Antonymou5 Calculating status...
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Apr 14, 2013 3:19 AM

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 (8,475 points)
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    Apr 14, 2013 3:29 AM (in response to Antonymou5)

    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 7 Level 7 (22,505 points)
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    Apr 14, 2013 4:25 AM (in response to Antonymou5)

    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.

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