OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Delete Some Of The Older Backups That May Not Want To Keep?

May 20, 2012

how do i delete some of the older backups that i may not want to keep?


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MacBook :: Delete Older 'dmg's And Os's Like Snow Leopard?

Mar 25, 2012

I am trying to clean up my disk space.  I want to know if I can trash old install folders. Ones that show and open box and are followed with the term 'dmg.'

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Why Can't Delete Old Backups

Jun 26, 2012

My external hard drive holds some of my older archive data, but it also doubles as my time machine backup drive. 

In an attempt to free up some space on the drive, I tried deleting some older backups. I did this by manually dragging them to the trash. 

Now the trash will not empty, even a force empty doesn't work. Here's what 've tried so far: 

1) I tried opening Time Machine prefs and turning it to 'off'.

2) Chose 'none' for 'select disc' in TM prefs, in an effort to 'disconnect' the drive from the machine.

3) Tried 'get info' on the drive and enclosed items, making everything 'read & write'

4) Tried hooking up the drive to another computer: the old backups didn't show up in the trash of that machine, but yet they did show up in the trash of the original machine once i hooked it back up.

5) Tried restarting my computer.

6) Tried force emptying the trash. 

My Mac is a 2.8GB Quad-Core Intel.  

I heard another way is to use Terminal, but the problem there is that i don't want to delete ALL the contents of the drive... I just want to delete the older backups which are now in the trash. 

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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May 8, 2012

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

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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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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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Nov 2, 2008

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OS X :: Adding Older Time Macine Backups To A New HDD

Feb 26, 2009

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Unable To Access Older Backups / Dates

Feb 28, 2012

At first (all of a sudden out of the blue) I could not enter Time Machine mode for love or money despite clicking on the enter time machine action botton, however I could run a 'backup now' at any point and this appeared to go through as well as the hourly automated ones. Then switching Off then back On Time Machine suddenly allowed me to enter Time Machine; however I am only able to access the finder windows for any local 'white tick' backups which in my case were only for the last several snapshot backups for today... but if I try and access any dates after this right back until November 2011 last year, nothing happens at all and the date/backup markers are completely unaccessible. Incidently, all of these previous 'purple tick' date markers (time machine backups/snapshots on external firewire 800 drive) were accessible before, but know they can't be accessed even though they corecctly index the appropriate dates right back until November.

I'ts worth pointing out that I've had many glitces and random problems since using a Thunderbolt Display which is where the external hard-drive containing the time machine backup is hooked up to. A seperate recent issue is constantly losing sound on the Thunderbolt Display which requires a reboot to get it back temporarily, but this is a seperate issue but may be related if the cause of a number of problems may be originating from the TD.

The external disk drive containing the time machine backup image, appears to be online ok as I'm able to access the drive in a normal manner.Has some kind of special links nature or association relasionship between the Time Machine program and the external drive and backup disk image contained on it been disrupted or broken? If this is the case, can they be re-linked or re-associated?

Info:MacBook Pro 17, Mac OS X (10.7), MacBook Pro 8,3 - Intel Core i7 2.2

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May 22, 2012

My older model MacBook Pro has been crashing quite frequently (2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo runming OS X 10.6.8).I took it into the Apple store today and they said the culprit is my failing hard drive. It's not my original hard drive as I had a larger one installed some time ago. I did not have it installed at an Apple store but rather at an authorized third party store.The Genius Bar employtee today told me that if it's within a year of purchase, that third party store will most likely replace it under warranty. Unfortunately I am not currently in the city where this store is but I will call them today to see when it was that I purchased the drive. If it's been over a year, I want to tell them that these crashes did not start today but several months ago. we can go by the date of the first crashes as opposed to today's date as perhaps that will fall within the 12 month rule.However, when I look in the CrashReporter or DiagnosticReport folders in the Library and Logs folders, I'm only finding the most recent crashes. Are older crashed saved and accessable someplace else?

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Software :: Time Machine Interface Not Showing Older Backups?

Oct 6, 2010

Lately when I go to view backups using the Time Machine interface it lists all my backups going back to April 22, 2009, but anything older than late August 2010 is blacked out and can't be clicked.

When I look in my Time Capsule disk on the finder, all the older backups are there and I can view and copy all the files.

Also, in system preferences, Time Machine preferences lists my oldest backup as April 22, 2009 and there is plenty of disk space available on the Time Capsule.

Why is this happening and what can I do to fix it?

MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
OSX 10.6.4

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OS X Yosemite :: 10.10.1 - Can't Browse Some Older Backups Via Time Machine Interface

Dec 2, 2014

Problem started after updating to Yosemite.  I am running 10.10.1.  I can find all my backups, going back to 2010 in fact, when browsing my external FW800 hard drive directly in the Finder.  But if I click the menubar icon and choose "Enter Time Machine," I can see some recent backups for some folders, but I cannot access some older backups that I know are there on that same drive.  The window title bars in the TM interface are totally grayed out for those older backups.  But again, there are all on the same FW800 external HD, and I can search them just fine and extract the files just fine using the Finder.   

Is the Time Machine interface totally broken in Yosemite?   

Clearly there is nothing wrong with my external FW800 HD, otherwise I wouldn't be able to manually browse and extract files via the Finder.  And yes, it makes regular TM backups every day too.  It's only the "Enter Time Machine" UI that is partly broken.  I say "partly" because some backups (very recent) display, but I cannot access all the backups.  It's very strange. 

iMac, OS X Yosemite (10.10), March 2009 DuoCore, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Backups Not Available In Time Machine

May 18, 2012

The only way I can see my backups in Time Machine is by using the "option" key and selecting "browse other time macnine disks.  However, there is only one Time Machine disk, only one backup appears in the list, there is only one backup directory on the Drobo where I put the backup and I can't find a backup directory anywhere else. HOw do I reset Time Machine so that it defaults to the "other" backup? 

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Schedule Time Machine Backups?

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MacBook Pro :: Easiest Way To Backup And Install Snow Leopard On Older 17" Running OS10.4.11?

Jan 31, 2012

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Cannot Install On A Volume Used By Time Machine For Backups

Apr 4, 2012

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Cannot Inherit Backups As Sudo Tmutil Not Found In Terminal

Feb 11, 2012

I get a "sudo: tmutil: command not found" message on terminal when I am trying to inherit backups as per the fantastic instructions on the website by pondini. What does it mean and how can I correct it? 

My old backups on time machine are not highlighted on time machine so cannot restore them. This is either because I have restored the OS or repaired the external HD used for backups.

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Unable To Install On A Volume Used By Time Machine For Backups

Feb 29, 2012

I am no longer able to Enter Time Machine. Therte are no changes in the software (or hardware). It continues to backup with no apparent problems.

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Time Machine Has Erased All Previous Backups Without Warning

Apr 14, 2012

Yesterday, I got a disk read error when starting up Windows under Parallels Desktop. After some sleuthing, I found the offending file, and was about to restore from my Time Machine backup when I decided to make sure the disk wasn't going south. I booted off a second, backup, system drive that I keep just for this purpose, and ran aDrive Genius disk scan on the main system drive. All good, only 6  bad blocks on a 1T drive. I ran this overnight, as it takes an hour or two. 

This morning, after seeing this result, I booted from the internal system drive, located the offending file again, and entered Time Machine to restore the data. What I found was that ALL of my Time Machine backup data had been deleted. The only data there was a backup from late last night, that WAS FOR THE SECONDARY DRIVE I HAD BOOTED FROM. Seemingly, Time Machine had quietly gone and killed all previous data, and started from scratch backing up my spare drive. 

There was no warning, no notice, nothing. Over a years worth of backups were gone, and my Parallels installation is now shot, since I can't fix the read problem. I'm contacting Parallels to see if there is any other remedy. You can imagine how absolutely mad I am at this. 


1) I did not touch the backup drive during the boot of the second drive, or the scan test. It was not re-formatted or touched in any way (other than by system software)

2) No warning was given for the deletion

iMac (27-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Transfer Time Machine Backups Without Disk Utility

Jun 24, 2012

In order to use Lion’s encrypted (Core Storage) external drive feature, I needed to reformat an external 1TB drive with Apple Partition Map, as that works only with GPT. The only partition was HFS+J formatted and was used as Time Machine Backup, which I wanted to preserve. 

Act I:

I connected the drive to another iMac running 10.6 which happened to have enough space on the internal HD. I read this article http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5096 , which describes how to copy the BackupDB just by drag and drop. In hindsight, that was a  bad idea, I should have created a disk image like suggested elsewhere, but if Apple itself suggests it, it can’t be so bad right? 

So I just dragged the whole BackupDB to random folder on the iMac (after enabling ownership), and apparently it copied correctly the dir-hardlinks, as the resulting folder had the same size.  

It seems that the Finder activates a special dir-hardlink aware copying mode when one does this. This is also confirmed by the fact that the Finder will refuse to copy the BackupDB together with other files, you have to drag and drop the BackupDB only. 

Act II:

I reformatted the external drive as HFS+J with GPT and activated ownership.. But now, when I try to copy the BackupDB back, it continues to count indefinitely the number of files to copy! I speculate that the special dir-hardlink aware mode is not activated, but what can I do? How can I trigger it? Is there some hidden command line tool which handles this? 

The lesson I’m drawing from this is: use the method described in the article only if you copy the backupDB from your old to your new drive. 

Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Why Is Time Machine Backups Volume Number Increasing

Jun 26, 2012

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and so on. Is it normal that the volume name increments each time like this? Could this be related to the long indexing time, which just started recently?

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Swapping Multiple Hard Drives For Time Machine Backups?

Apr 12, 2012

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