Time Machine Backups

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mike1967, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. Mike1967 macrumors newbie

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    I have a G5 Tower with Leopard 10.5.2 installed. I have a (now measley) 160 GB internal HD that I am using Time Machine to back up to a Maxtor external 250GB HD.
    My internal drive is almost full, and my backup is almost full. With a 90GB difference between the two, why is my external so maxed out? I realize that TM is keeping backups of items I deleted on my internal drive, but 90 gigs worth? You can't even delete items on the backup (maybe you can with TM turned off?). My question: will TM continue to backup my data until my external HD explodes? I am thinking about buying a 1TB Time Capsule or a ReadyNas drive (assuming it works with Leopard), but I assume these will fill up as well.

    Any thoughts or direction here is greatly appreciated!!
     
  2. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816

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    time machine should realize your running out of space and delete old backups, then it should free up some space
     
  3. Mike1967 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Time Machine Backups

    Thanks for a quick reply. Is there a point where this kicks in (i.e. 5GB left then it deletes)? I'm currently at around 7 gigs remaining on the backup drive. Can this feature be adjusted by the user?

    Thanks!
     
  4. Diggity-Dan macrumors member

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    As far as I know, it just deletes the oldest backup as it needs to. My external has already ran out of space. One day, after TimeMachine finished doing a backup, a message popped up saying that it had ran out of space and that it deleted the oldest backup.
     

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