Help with Time machine/ freeing up space on my compter

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by angelinaeve7, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. angelinaeve7 macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2009
    I just got an external hard drive because I have thousands of songs that my macbook cannot hold.

    I am using Time Machine to put everything on my external but I was wondering....if I delete the music on my computer so that I just have it on my external - will Time machine delete it off my external when it automatically updates since it is no longer on my computer?

    I want to download more music but am scared of losing any old music.

  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Just my opinion, but that wouldn't be the best way to handle your music
    It really isn't accessible in TMachine since it is designed just to back up and restore

    It appears you want to delete it off your internal HD
    But if you copy it over to the external and delete it from the internal, you still haven't backed it up
    You have just transferred it

    You need a comprehensive backup strategy

    Edit: No, TM won't delete it from the back up... but it will only be available back in time, not in the most recent backups

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. angelinaeve7 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2009
    How would you recommend me clearing up my internal hard drive yet still having my music be accessible on my external to burn cds, etc. ?
  4. iNash macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2009
    Hanslope, UK
    I would buy another External hard drive and move all your music over to that and then tell iTunes to look in that HardDisk for all your music.

    As mentioned Time Machine will not really work this way.
  5. BobZune macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Buying an external drive and moving the music there and pointing it to iTunes is the best solution. If you delete music off the main drive (assuming TM is set to overwrite older backups when TM disk gets full eventually), TM will delete the backed up music (but it should ask if you set it up that way).

    Also, consider archiving the music using DVDs.

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