How do you stop Time Machine backing up certain files?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by davidmn, May 30, 2008.

  1. davidmn macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2008
    The title says it all really. I have some files that I dont want the time machine to back up. I had a quick browse on the interweb and I am unable to find a tutorial. Also is there a way of going systimaticly back through my backups to remove the files?
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    System Preferences -> Time Machine -> Options. You can add an exclude directory there.
  3. atszyman macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2003
    The Dallas 'burbs
    I don't know about going back and deleting previously backed up files, but you can go into System Preferences->Time Machine->options... and add folders/files to the Do not backup: list to prevent them from being backed up in the future.

    If you don't have a lot of stuff that you need to go back to get you can set up your exclusions and reformat your backup disk and just start over to get rid of the files you no longer want backed up.
  4. davidmn thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2008
    Thanks people. Sorry for asking a noon question.

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