Time Capsule / Time Machine Question

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  1. Grumpyman, Mar 1, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2015

    Grumpyman macrumors regular

    Grumpyman

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    #1
    A fairly simple question i hope, but it is stumping me.

    I would like to remove ALL back up files on the TimeCapsule.

    I have updated a lot of files on my Mac and I would like to 'start again' so to speak with the TimeCapsule.

    I think that if I delete ALL backups on the TimeCapsule and let the Mac do a fresh backup it will free up a load of space and I am certain I have only what I want left on the Mac. There is a load of old stuff I don't want or need anymore so I want a bit of a spring clean.

    The other thing that is confusing me is the fact I have 35gb of backups somewhere on the Mac. I have no idea where this mysterious 35gb is so if anyone knows I would be very grateful.

    Should have mentioned, My problem is I don't know how to delete everything in Time Machine........ i just get options for each day or each file and I actually want to delete everything in one go.
    The Mac is a late 15" 2013 Macbook Pro and the TimeCapsule is a 2TB one bought about a year ago.

    cheers for any help.
     

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  2. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    #2
    To erase the Time Capsule disk and start over, turn off Time Machine then go to this screen in Airport Utility and erase the disk. Then turn Time Machine back on.

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    That backups space you see on that graphic is from Time Machine's local snaphots. You can just ignore it and OS X will manage the space. The files are stored in a hidden folder at /.Mobilebackups .

    If you want to zero out that space manually, just turn Time Machine off then back on.
     
  3. Grumpyman thread starter macrumors regular

    Grumpyman

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    #3
    Perfect! Thanks very much. Its simple when you know how.

    Cheers.
     

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