Freeing up some space - Time Machine

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by trev, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. trev macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2006
    St. John's, NL
    Hey all,

    I'd like to free up some space on my external for storing some files however, there isn't enough space there. Time machine has taken up a considerable amount of space on my external and I was wondering if I could delete the first restore data to free up some space and what might the implications be by doing so. Thanks!


    p.s. time machine is awesome nontheless
  2. kajitox macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2007
    One of the easiest ways to do this is to not backup system files. If you go into Time Machine and set up an exception as your System folder, it will ask in a confirmation window if you want to set applications or your entire system folder under the exception list and click System Files and Applications. Remember, though, that if you are at all tampering with your system, it's not backed up. So don't screw up.

    Using this same method you can choose (i think) any specific folder to NOT backup. You could use this for stuff you don't necessarily care about or that are backed up elsewhere.

    Hope this helps.

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