Deleting Time Capsule Files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by g-boac, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2007
    Quick question - I had a folder on my Desktop temporarily that I did not want backed up, but Time Machine backed it up to my Time Capsule. How can I remove this file from my Time Capsule?

  2. macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Activate Time Machine as if you were going to access it to get a backed up file, check the earliest time and date which the file you want to remove was backed up, come out of Time Machine so now your TM drive appears on the desktop. Double click it and the file named "Backups.backupdb" will appear.

    Double click this file until you navigate to the files that have the date and time on them and can either remove that entire backup or navigate inside those folders to your home folder and desktop to remove the file you don't want to keep. I hope I came across clear enough, sorry if I didn't.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2007
    Covington/Lake Morton, WA, USA
    Another gem I found somewhere.

    Permanently Delete files from Time Machine Backups
    While navigating Time Machine, go to the present view, and click the little gear icon in the toolbar of the Finder while you have the file you want to delete selected. Simply click the option to Delete all Time Machine backups of this file, and the file will be gone forever.

    Then, to make Time Machine not back up that folder/file again, go to Time Machine preferences, click on Options then the + to select the files/folders/drives you want to exclude.
  4. macrumors 68040


    Mar 13, 2007
    That is sooooo not the way to delete a file from TM. Do not remove files manually from a TM backup.

    Follow PeggyD's explaination. That is the way to delete a single backup....or all backups of a file or folder from a TM backup.

  5. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2007
    If i was to use TC, i would use as an external HD and manually copy/paste the folders or files i want to back up and leave them in their original file format as if i were simply storing them on time capsule.

    what are the advantages of using special backup software which does all backing up for you and stores it as a special backup file?

    it would be much simpler by storing files on TC, that way you can edit what you want BK'd up easily
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2007
    Peggy - very clear, and instructions worked perfectly. Thank you so much for your help!!!

  7. macrumors 68000

    Jun 22, 2006
    I saw a thread recently about an app that lets one see what files have been backed up to Time Machine. I had a 1.5 GB backup yesterday, and I can't imagine what it was that was taking up that much space. I'd just like to be able to easily see what has been backed up to see what might be unnecessarily taking up too much space.

    Sorry for threadjacking, but I just can't find that other thread.

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