how to secure delete forever w/o time machine saving something?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by TheNorthWaves, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. TheNorthWaves macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2007
    Is there a way to delete something and also exclude it from time machine? Yeah, I know secure delete is not secure, I don't care - this isn't about absolute privacy. It's about keeping the new gf from ever stumbling upon pics of me with my old gf - without me wiping my time machine drive entirely. Simple enough. Any way to do this?
  2. jcs1088 macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2007
    Las Vegas, NV
    To exclude certain folders from being backed up go into System Prefs > Time machine > Options and you'll be able to add folders to the box.
  3. BaldiMac macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    Start Time Machine. Find the file that you would like to delete. Right-click on the file or picture or whatever and there is an option to "Delete all copies of this file" or something similar.
  4. wbkelso macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2008
    Time Machine, Spars Disk Image, and Exclude?

    Does anyone know if there is a way to have TimeMachine exclude the open Disk Images, while backing up the closed ones? This would allow the desired backup, yet not the exposed items contained within the Disk Images.

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