Time Capsule - How to Erase Time Machine Files and Startover?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by fscarpa, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. fscarpa macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2008
    How do I proceed to delete the time machine files in time capsule and start all over again to backup?
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Turn off Time Machine.
    Format your TM drive.
    Turn TM back on.
  3. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Assuming you don't back up other computers to the Time Capsule, the most straightforward thing to do is open up AirPort Utility, double click on the Time Capsule on the left, and then go to the Disks tab. Under that you can select the Time Capsule drive and do a quick format or a secure format. If you just want to delete the sparse bundle created for your computer, you should see the Time Capsule in the Finder sidebar under Shared, and you would find the sparse bundle with your computer's MAC address or computer name and delete it manually by putting it in the trash and emptying.
  4. alfonsopulido macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2007
    How about if you have other folders and files in that drive that you don't want to delete... Is there a way to delete just the Time Machine backups without having to format the drive?

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