Should I be deleting TM back-ups?

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  1. MiniD3, Aug 14, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2015

    MiniD3 macrumors 6502a

    MiniD3

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    #1
    Hi Guys
    I have a late 2012 27" iMac, has been running OK but notice the SSD is slowly filling,
    I'm a photographer and all my images are stored on an external drive, trying to just keep, for the most part, just have software on the Mac,

    I'm sure I deleted these backups a long while back a couple of years ago, I think these are the back-ups?
    Screen Shot 2015-08-15 at 10.20.39 am.png
    Screen Shot 2015-08-15 at 10.20.39 am.png Screen Shot 2015-08-15 at 10.21.19 am.png
    and the list goes on,
    thinking the last one is this,
    20150815_33_20827_© Gary Worrall_untitled shoot-Edit.jpg
    Should I be deleting all the previous back-ups?
    Gary
     
  2. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

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    Latest does point to the latest backup date. Hopefully you are using Time Machine itself to delete the backup and not manually deleting them.
     
  3. MiniD3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure how I deleted a couple of years back, (70 year old geriatric Mac guy)
    How should I delete the old ones?
    ......Gary
     
  4. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Time Machine does not usually need your help.
    It will begin deleting the oldest backups automatically, if it begins to run low on space.
    If you decide to do some cleanup on your own, be sure (as Taz Mangus suggested) that you use Time Machine to delete backups. Don't manually drag the old ones to the trash.

    Wait a sec - are those backups on your internal hard drive?
    If they are, you should connect an external drive to use for your Time Machine backups. Use the settings in Time Machine to point to your external as the destination. The internal backups should be replaced, and you can likely delete all those on your internal drive that still exist after a week or so.
     
  5. MiniD3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Much appreciated,
    I have all the back-ups going to the external HDD
    ......Gary
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I'm confused. That Backups.backupdb is the Time machine backup typically on your external drive, and TM will start to delete those as the backup drive gets full. You should not manually mess about in there or you risk breaking the backup set.

    This has nothing to do with your internal SSD getting full. TM makes what are called local snapshots that can begin to fill the internal drive. But the OS manages that also, so you should have to worry about it.

    If you want to zero out the local backups space used, just turn TM off then back on.
     
  7. MiniD3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Tks for the info,
    I may need a close look around the system, do have a lot of things going on like LR, although that is on an external drive, just installed FCP, I guess that would be a factor also,
    Will have a close look just in case I have put some new stuff in there and not on the external drives
    ......Gary
     

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