4 Replies Latest reply: May 6, 2014 10:16 PM by Tosso
Tosso Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello, I have just purchased a brand new 3TB Airport Time Capsule product. I just have one question. When I fully back up my MacBook Pro with the Airport Time Capsule, and then I permanently delete a file, movie and/or photo from my MacBook Pro. The next time I fully back up my MacBook Pro, will it permanently delete the file on the Airport Time Capsule as well?

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (91,810 points)
    I just have one question. When I fully back up my MacBook Pro with the Airport Time Capsule, and then I permanently delete a file

     

    Whoa. If you delete a file from your Mac......then you have no backup for that file. The only copy of the file that you will have will be on the Time Capsule.

     

    What will happen when....not if....the Time Capsule has a problem?

     

     

    The next time I fully back up my MacBook Pro, will it permanently delete the file on the Airport Time Capsule as well?

     

    Time Machine backs up the changes on your Mac. If you delete a file on the Mac, there is no file there for Time Machine to back up the next time that you want to make a full backup.

     

    Even if you do not make a new full backup, Time Machine will delete the file from the backups at some point....and you have no idea when this might occur.

  • Tosso Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Time Machine will delete the file from the backups at some point

     

    So with that being said, do you mean the Airport Time Capsule permanently deletes any information because it’s either full? Or because it has to constantly remain refreshed that it will delete information all on its own? I thought the Airport Time Capsule could be used as any regular external hard drive? But in this case, with all the extra cool features that it provides.

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (91,810 points)
    Airport Time Capsule permanently deletes any information because it’s either full?

     

    Probably best to clarify things here.

     

    Time Capsule is a wireless router with a built in hard drive.

     

    Time Machine is software on your Mac that backs up data from your Mac and stores that data in Time Machine backups on the Time Capsule.

     

    Time Machine backs up the changes on your Mac. If you delete a file from the Mac, Time Machine will at some point delete the file from the backups on the Time Capsule hard drive.

     

    Normally, the file will be deleted when Time Machine senses that the drive is starting to  fill up and it starts looking for ways to create more space for new backups.

     

    But, I have seen instances during testing where the deleted file on the Mac is also deleted quickly from the Time Machine backups on the Time Capsule.....within the next few days or so.....even though there is plenty of free space available on the Time Capsule.

     

    I thought the Airport Time Capsule could be used as any regular external hard drive?

    It can, but the primary use for the Time Capsule is to store Time Machine backups. If you decide to store regular files on the Time Capsule......You have no fallback if the file is damaged or becomes corrupted, or as I said previously.....when....not if....the Time Capsule has a problem.

     

    Only the most foolhardy of users would keep important data on the Time Capsule.....and not have another copy of that important data on another hard drive.

     

    When your Mac fails......you have your Time Machine backups on the Time Capsule.

     

    When the Time Capsule fails....you still have your data on the Mac.....unless you deleted it from the Mac.

  • Tosso Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I apologize for the late reply Bob, I meant to thank you. This really clarified what I needed to know. Much appreciated.