Erase All Time Machine Backups

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  1. modit, Jul 22, 2011
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    modit macrumors 6502

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    I'm sending my Time Capsule back to :apple:

    How can I erase the hard drive before sending it back? Is a 2TB erase going to take all night :confused:

    Thanks!
     
  2. McGiord macrumors 601

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    Drag to trash? Empty Thrash.
    Use Disk Utility and erase the partition?
     
  3. Mitchelino macrumors 6502

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    You can reformat it? That's apparently the quickest way. Or else it will take all night, but it will eventually delete everything. It took me under a day to delete around 593GB. Probably 15 hours.
     
  4. modit thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The 2TB drive isn't showing up in disk utility...
     
  5. jdogg836 macrumors regular

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    Either enter time machine or initiate a time machine backup so that it mounts the drive. Once the drive is mounted it should show on your desktop. After that, it will show in Disk Utility.
     
  6. modit, Jul 22, 2011
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    modit thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you.

    Lastly, should I do a single erase pass on "Time Machine Backups" or "imacsparsebundle"?

    UPDATE: I went with erasing the "Time Machine Backups" partition with the 2 pass secure erase. Hopefully it works out.

    Thanks again!
     
  7. modit thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So this morning, I checked disk utility and saaw that the erase would take 20 days >_>

    I skipped it and tried to load time machine again but it wouldn't work.

    Any ideas if it's OK to send back?
     
  8. modit thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is one pass enough or is there a faster method to erase the time capsule?

    *bump*
     

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