How to remove Time Machine backups.backupdb Folder from External Hard Drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rsg1010, Aug 12, 2016.

  1. rsg1010 macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2014
    I have a 2TB external hard drive that is being used for time machine backups as well as other data. I would like to delete the backups.backupdb folder because I will be using a new external hard drive for backups.

    Any guides on how I go about this? I do want to reformat the whole drive as I will lose the rest of my data on the drive.

    Thanks in advance for everyone's help.
  2. vmachiel macrumors 68000

    Feb 15, 2011
    Just delete the folder... right? drag it to the trash and empty the trash.
  3. dXTC macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2006
    Up, up in my studio, studio
    I strongly recommend you perform a full backup on the new drive ***before*** deleting the backups.backupdb on the old drive. This way, Time Machine knows where its new destination is from that point forward. Also, if something goes terribly wrong with backing up to that new drive, you still have your old backup to fall on. Having multiple backups for a short time is always better than having none for that short time.

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