Deleting Time Machine Backups?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by MitchellMck, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. MitchellMck macrumors member

    Dec 21, 2008
    Hey guys,

    So my external hard drive is getting pretty full and I've decided I'm going to delete a large chunk of my Time Machine backups. Can I delete them manually from the backups folder on my external HDD or do I need to go in to Time Machine myself and click on the small gear to delete the backups all one by one (which I've been doing for about 10 minutes now and only deleted around 3 backups)

  2. mainstay macrumors 6502


    Feb 14, 2011
    so TM actually drops the oldest backups as it continues to backup the latest files.

    a good, healthy TM backup will show [no] space available on the target drive.

    if you really want to delete backups, I would simply format the external drive and start with fresh backups from today....

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