how to delete a time machine account?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by steve knight, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. steve knight Suspended

    steve knight

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    I made a new account on my mac and want to delete the old time machine backup. whats the practical way to do it?
     
  2. Morod macrumors 68000

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    If I understand the question correctly, you want to erase TM and start fresh. If so:
    Applications>Utilities>Disk Utility.
    Select the TM drive, choose the erase tab in Disk Utility, and choose which erase format you want. Then use the HD as a new TM.
    Hope this helps. I did mine this way and there were no problems.
     
  3. steve knight thread starter Suspended

    steve knight

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    I have done that before but I only want to erase one of the backups not the whole thing. I once deleted the files but it did not free up the space.
     
  4. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    Did you empty the trash?
     
  5. steve knight thread starter Suspended

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    not sure if I did not not. I think i did. but would that work on a time capsule? I will try it and see.
     
  6. upaymeifixit macrumors 6502a

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    One thing you don't want to try is deleting a backup via Finder, you end up with lots of permissions errors (not being able to empty the trash).

    The best way to do it is to enter Time Machine > Go to the backup you want > There should be a gear icon or something in the Finder Toolbar, Click on it > Select Delete Backup.
     
  7. steve knight thread starter Suspended

    steve knight

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    I tired entering time machine and deleting the whole backup but just got an error. but I had right clicked and choose delete.
    so far deleting from finder is working. well I left and when I got back I had the dialog box. been emptying the trash for about 4 hours now there were a bit over 3,000,000 files. hope it's done by the time we get up.
     
  8. steve knight thread starter Suspended

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    doing it from finder did not work. got the trash emptied but it did not free the space.
     

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