how to delete Time Machine backups in Snow Leopard

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  1. kailaq macrumors newbie

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    hi guys,

    i keep my time machine backups on an external hard drive. in the past year, i've gone through 3 mac notebooks and all have a backup on my external hard drive. i was wondering how to delete all the time machine backups and start fresh?

    i tried just deleting the folders and they went to the trash for my external hard drive but i can't delete them from there nor can i restore them - says "The operation can't be completed because backup items can't be modified."

    help please?
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Just go into disk utility and reformat the drive. That should do the trick.
     
  3. HikariYuki macrumors member

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    You should open up time machine and navigate to the backup you want deleted then use the little gear icon to delete your backups.

    Edit: Or do what alust2013 said to save time.
     
  4. alphaod macrumors Core

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    First you want to turn off Time Machine; then you can proceed to wiping the disk. Then you can turn on Time Machine again after selecting the disk you just wiped.
     
  5. kailaq thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i'm such a retard! that's why i couldn't delete any of my time machine files, its coz my time machine was on. thanks!!! :)
     

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