Time machine - delete old backup

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Temaki, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. Temaki macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2012
    suppose I had 2 backup files:

    Jul 1st: 20GB
    Jul 2nd: 1GB

    Now what would happen if i permanently delete the first backup file 20GB and restore only the second one which is only 1GB (i assume that would save some capacity for my external hard drive). does Time machine work that way? because when the hard drive fills up, TM will automatically delete the old files anyway.
    Pls correct me if im wrong. Thanks


    and btw, do you know any app that allows me to schedule the backup? because i dont want TM to back up every an hour, but 24 hours for example.
  2. benthewraith macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Miami, FL
    This app should help you schedule time machine backups.


    I would just let Time Machine delete them on their own. If you want to conserve space, you could create a separate partition strictly for Time Machine on the external.
  3. Temaki thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2012
    that would do the trick. thank you:)

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