Is it possible to remove a user from Time Capsule?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by pauld, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. pauld macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2003
    Tokyo (London for the holidays!)
    I lived with someone and allowed her to back up to my time capsule.
    I no-longer have contact with her and my capsule is full - is there any way to delete her content?

    Thanks a lot.
  2. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

    b-rad g

    Jun 29, 2010
    Yes. Connect to your TC Hard Drive and look for their sparse bundle file and delete it. Done.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    It depends. When you say "user", do you mean you created a user account for her on your Mac and that was backed up to the Time Capsule. If that is the case, all the files will be contained in one sparse bundle on the TC and their is no way to remove just hers. You would need to delete the entire sparse bundle backup from the TC and start over.

    Now if she was using her own machine on your TC, there will be two sparse bundle files on the TC. Just figure out which is hers and delete it from the Finder.

    It will look like this screen cap.

  4. pauld thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2003
    Tokyo (London for the holidays!)

    Thank you so much for replying - I only remembered about this thread now, many months later! I'll give it a go in a moment - I'm sure it will work. Thanks again.

  5. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    Let me know how it goes. I've tried deleting sparsebundles backups from my Time Capsule in the past and its so excrutiating slow (almost no progress at all over long periods of time) I usually end up erasing the whole drive and starting new backups.

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