OS X :: How To Delete Delete TIME MACHINE

Aug 5, 2009

I need delete time machine...

Just drag to trash this folder? Backups.backupdb

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OS X :: How To Delete Time Machine Backups

Oct 31, 2007

I'm lost in trying to delete the backup directories created by Time Machine. I've moved disks around on my network and TIme Machine doesn't seem to remember that it's backed up a given system to a given disk previously, after moving the disk to a different server. So I'm content to start over and I went to /Volumes/Backupdisk/Backups.backupdb and tried 'sudo rm -rf *' to get rid of the existing backups in preparation to start over. It wouldn't let me remove them getting the error 'Operation not permitted'. I note that 'ls -l' shows a lot of rwxr-xr-x@ with the @ sign at the end and I'm assuming that this is a hard link, but I don't know. I'm also thinking this is why rm won't work - multiple hard links?

I really don't want to re-format the disk. BTW I am currently trying to use Time Machine to delete all the file but that is taking FOR EVER and I'm not sure its actually doing anything. Its been about 30 minutes and there's been not reported increase in disk space. Its like its still preparing to delete.

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OS X :: How To Delete All Files In Time Machine...

Mar 4, 2010

I did a search for this before making my post, and I couldn't find anything that would work.

I'm in the middle of doing my final year uni project (a documentary using final cut pro) and I'm fast running out of hard drive space and thought I'd use the external HD I've been using for my Time Machine backups, but when I simply dragged the folder to the trash it wouldn't let me delete it, after hours of waiting. So I sent it all back to the HD from the trash. I tried the disk utility thing and it still wouldn't let me. I wasn't sure if I should select the actual hard drive, or the time machine logo, then which type of delete to choose...

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MacBook Pro :: Delete The Old Time Machine?

Apr 11, 2012

I have a new mac book.  I used time machine from my old mac book to transfer all the data.  It was successful.  When I tried to set up the new time machine with the existing external hard drive, it said I didn't have enough room.  What I think is happening is that it is trying to save the entire hard drive from the new computer onto the external even though it already exists from the previous computer.  When I looked at the external drive, it had two folders - one for the macbook and one for the macbook pro.  Since it was a successful transfer, do I delete the old time machine data and let it start over with the new computer.  Or, do I buy a second external hard drive?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Hardware :: Delete A Folder From Time Machine?

Feb 20, 2010

I failed to specify a folder to be excluded from TM's backups. It is 29 GB in size and has cluttered up my TM space. I know the dates of the several daily backup folders in TM which contain this huge file. Would it be safe to open TM and just delete those folders, without mucking up TM?

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OS X :: Delete All Time Machine Backups Before A Certain Date?

Nov 30, 2008

So I'm in the process of fixing up an old Power Mac Dual G4 MDD for my Dad. I'm installing all the software he'll use, setting all the pref panes, etc... I've turned on Time Machine, and when I give him the computer for Xmas I'd like for there to not be remnants of this setting up process. Right before I shut off the computer for the last time before giving it to him, how would I delete all of the old backups and just leave the "current" backup?

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OS X :: Time Machine Backup File - Wants To Delete

Aug 6, 2009

I have a Time-Machine backup on one of my external HD's. It's a backup of my old MBP system. I'm using my Mac Pro now and I wish to delete all the files which I don't need from the backup. Why does it not let me delete anything? It says I do not have enough permissions or something.

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OS X :: How Do Delete Someone Elses Backup Off Time Machine

Aug 15, 2009

so i bought a time capsule last month and backed up my macbook on it.. (love it btw). but anyway my roomate also has a macbook and i let him back it up on my time capsule as well... now were both moving to different locations and i want to get rid of his backup to allow for more space.. how do i do this from my macbook?... is it possible?

if not would i have to reset it? or maybe get him to get rid of it on his macbook?.. (he would give me a hard time so id rather be able to just delete his stuff myself, and hes taking up significantly more space on it than i am so i want it off)

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OS X :: How Can Delete Specific Time Machine Backups

Oct 4, 2009

My Time Machine backups are getting rather large and I really don't need backups dating back six months. Is there a way to go in and delete certain dates?

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OS X :: How To Delete Time Machine Backup Without Reformatting

Nov 22, 2009

I want to delete the Time Machine backup for my MacBook Pro because I no longer own the machine. In the past I know I've tried to delete a backup by dragging it to the trash and emptying it, but I remember that didn't work. The finder would just say something along the lines of "calculating blah blah blah..." for hours.

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OS X :: How To Delete Time Machine Backup Folder

Jan 17, 2010

I want to delete my time machine backup folder. I have other files on the disk and can not reformat. In the past, I have dragged the folder to the trash, and even though that worked, the process have sometimes taken hours, and on an old powerbook, it took more than 24h.

Right now I'm trying the terminal command sudo rm -rf. My aim was to save time by bypassing the trash. But the process has been going on for about 30 min already, and I see "Operation not permitted" after many or most of the lines. Does anyone know what that means?

What is the fastest way to just delete a time machine backup folder. Surely there must be a way of deleting a folder instantly, without the OS having to go through and verify every file?

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OS X :: Can't Delete Time Machine Back-ups From Trash?

Jan 26, 2010

Alright, here's the situation. I have a 1TB external set up with 250gigs partitioned for backing up with time machine, and the rest just for storing files. My time machine partition was full so i decided to move the 5 oldest backups to the trash to make some more room. But when i went to delete trash it counted up to a couple million files and just sat there saying preparing to delete. It was never able to actually start deleting the files, it was just preparing to delete for a couple hours.

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OS X V10.5 Leopard :: Delete ALL Backups In Time Machine?

Feb 15, 2012

I have an external HD and have botched up all the time machine backups pretty badly.  (deleting backups, adding things to the time machine disk not using a TM backup, etc). 

I just want to delte everything and start over from scratch. 

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Delete Time Machine Backups?

Jun 2, 2012

There appears to be several threads regarding deleteing Time Machine backups but I can't seem to get the correct answer to delete the entire backup folder (Backups.backupdb). I move the location of my backups files and they are working fine now so I want to delete the folder on the disk it used to backup to. How can I do that? I have everything backedup to the proper disk so I don't need this folder any longer.

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OS X Mavericks :: (10.9.3) Can't Delete Time Machine Backups

Jun 21, 2014

I used Time Machine to backup my laptop (Mavericks OS X 10.9.3) onto an external hard drive. Time Machine created multiple backups over a period of time, and I wanted to delete some of the older ones to free up some space. However, I now have 5 different backups in the trash, and when I attempt to empty the trash (secure empty) the trash window pops up and counts over 200,000 items for deletion, but then disappears and deletes absolutely nothing. Now, the trash is always full when I connect the external drive. I tried to move the backups back onto the external, thinking maybe there were too many files for my Mac to handle, but the computer simply started copying the files instead of transferring them. I don't want to reformat the drive or anything like that because I don't just use it for backups and would lose a TON of other work (music, pics, etc.). 

How to get the trash to delete these backups? It's not just that the backups won't delete, but I can't delete ANY other files from the external as long as those backups are in the trash.

I did try holding the alt/option key while emptying the trash, but that didn't work at all.

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Applications :: Automatically Delete Old Time Machine Backups?

May 14, 2009

Time Machine on my Mac has kept backups of my machine since December of last year. I have no need for that many backups, and they are taking up space on my external HD. Is there a way to have backups older than say, a month deleted automatically?

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OS X Technologies :: How To Delete Range Of Time Machine Backups

Feb 6, 2012

Is there a way to delete a range of time machine backups, say all dates from the first backup to 1/10/2012 (as an example).I know how to delete a single backup for a given date/time through the TM interface, however, deleting them one-at-a-time is rather laborious and time consuming if I wanted to delete a large number of them to free up space. Is there a way to select a "range" to delete, or am I stuck doing it one backup at a time?

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Delete Time Machine Local Backup?

Mar 23, 2012

My MacBook Pro is running out of hard drive space, and the culprit is Time Machine. Apparently Time Machine stores local backups on the hard drive when it is not connected to the backup drive, and then is supposed to delete them when it does backup. However, this causes huge problems because I'm running out of hard drive space. I ran the following in Terminal to turn off the local backups: 

sudo tmutil disablelocal 

However, that has not freed up the hard drive space taken by the local backups.

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Intel Mac :: Delete Time Machine Backups From Trash?

Mar 30, 2012

I am trying to delete time machine backups from trash.  It doesnt allow me to do this because it says certains things are running?


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MacBook Pro :: Delete My Previous Back Ups From My Time Machine?

Jun 13, 2012

how i delete my previous back ups from my time machine ?

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MacBook Pro :: Time Machine Backups Won't Delete From Trash Can

Dec 1, 2014

time machine backups won't delete from my trash can

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Ipads, Macbook Pro, Iphones

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Applications :: Time Machine Delete Backups After Leopard Restore

Nov 2, 2008

I decided to reinstall Leopard, Erase and Install. Everything runs much faster of course. I'm doing some restoring from my Time Machine HD. I don't want a complete restore, I'm just grabbing folders here and there from my TM HD and restoring it. I'm doing a backup now and so far it has deleted over 20GB of my backups and it doesn't seem to be stopping.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Drive No Longer Being Used By Time Machine: Delete Some Files?

Mar 3, 2012

Tried unlocking and allowing myself to read and write.  Nope.  Tried holding down the option key.  Nope.

This drive is no longer being used by time machine and I want to delete some files on it. Is there a way to do it without wiping the entire drive?

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Delete All Versions Of A File From A Time Machine Backup?

Apr 8, 2012

How do I delete all versions of a file (eg, a mail attachment containing a virus) from a Time Machine backup?

iMac Intel, Mac OS X (10.6.3)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Possible To Delete Program From Time Machine Backup History

Apr 11, 2012

I have a program that was backed up using Time Machine and I was wondering if I could delete the program from my Back Up history with out having to start a band new back up of every thing.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Delete One Backup Of 1 File In Time Machine?

May 9, 2012

I'd like to keep one backup of a particularly large file in Time Machine, but all the incremental backups are taking up a ton of room. I've read how you can delete all backups of one file, and all files in one backup. But can you delete one file in one backup?

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OS X Yosemite :: How To Delete Individual Time Machine Backups Using Finder

Dec 7, 2014

I recent fount necessary to do a complete install and restore.  As I was having trouble with system performance, I chose to restore Applications from Time Machine and set the system parameters manually.  In the process, I wound up with some very large (50 Gbytes) on my Desktop.  I neglected to turn off time Machine backup while doing the restoration and wound up with several big(!) files in the back ups taken during the restoration.  There is nothing useful on the backups taken during the restoration and they have really filled  up my backup disk.  Looking at the structure of the backup disk, it seems you could just delete the backups after I started to restore things.  Are there other considerations?  Are there hidden tables laying around that might become unsynchronized?

iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011), OS X Yosemite (10.10.1)

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OS X :: Time Machine Don't Delete Older Backups To Make Room For New Backup?

Dec 3, 2008

i have a macbook with an internal drive of which about 230gb if full and used.

I have a 250gb external which i have been using to back up with time machine, done it several times over a few months.

Now there is like 70gb left on the external, and when i try to back up, it says failed, not enough space on external.

But i thought when there is not enough space, it simply deletes and backs over older time machine backups.

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OS X :: Shouldn't Time Machine Automatically Delete Old Backups To Make Room For New Ones?

Jun 15, 2009

I keep getting the error saying that my backup will not fit in the backup volume, but shouldn't Time Machine automatically delete old backups to make room for new ones?

2.2 MBP 10.5.7 (120 GB internal HD)
120 GB External HD (USB)

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Software :: Time Machine Unable To Delete Back Up / System Freezes

May 27, 2010

Nothing happens, the comupter, macBook Pro, Snow Leopard, freezes. The only functional button is the esc key. Once it is pressed the computer functions.

I have tried repairing permissions on my hard drive, repairing disk on the external disk. Still the same.

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