Deleting Time Machine backups

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sananda, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. sananda macrumors 68020

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    I have just deleted some folders from Time Machine (by clicking on the gears and then clicking "delete all backups of ..... "), but I didn't get the hard drive space back on the Time Capsule.

    I deleted about 50GB but Time Capsule reports having the same amount of space available as before the deletion.

    Is this usual? How do I get the space back?
     
  2. claimed4all macrumors 6502

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    Did you empty your trash while the hard drive was plugged in? Give that a shot to clear up space.
     
  3. sananda thread starter macrumors 68020

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  4. claimed4all macrumors 6502

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    Yes, but your harddrive has a folder on it that is hidden and called "trash". It stores all of the data there until it is emptied. Just create a a file on the desktop, trash it, while the hard drive is plugged in and then empty it.
     
  5. sananda thread starter macrumors 68020

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  6. claimed4all macrumors 6502

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    Thats all I got, sorry I could not help, hopefully somebody else will chime in soon for you.
     
  7. sananda thread starter macrumors 68020

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  8. MM07 macrumors 6502a

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    If you re all up to date and need nothing in Time Machine, just reformat the drive and start Time Machine again.

    I just did this a few weeks ago as my external drive was loosing space.
     
  9. sananda thread starter macrumors 68020

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    i might do that if no-one knows how to get the space back otherwise.
     

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