Time Machine Old Backups not getting deleted . HELP!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by soamz, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. soamz macrumors 6502a

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    Hi..
    I have an iMac with 1TB, so I have a external portable 1TB drive attached to it for time machine.



    Today, it said, backup failed.
    So, I just checked the info and it showed me 30GB remaining, that means I have to delete some old backups, which Time Machine does himself.

    But Im not sure, why it dint ? What can be the reason ?

    So, can anyone let me know, how to delete the old backups , as the command+del is not working for them.
     
  2. throAU macrumors 601

    throAU

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    Time machine will not delete old backups until it runs out of space.

    As it did not run out of space, it has not deleted old backups.

    Did time machine complain about no space left, or did it fail for some other reason?
     
  3. soamz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Right.

    So, how do I do it now ?

    How do I force TM to delete the stupid old backups ?
     
  4. Bear macrumors G3

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    Why did the backup fail? Disk space is not the only reason it could fail.
     
  5. soamz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Im not sure.
    I just restarted the system, thinking that may fix it, but now the WD Elements is not recognizing.

    Its connected to the USB port and the light also blinks on that ext. HDD , that means the power is coming to the HDD , but not sure, why its not reading .

    I even tried connecting to windows and same issue.

    How do we fix this ?

    I cant afford to lose my drive, as I have numerous important data in there.
     
  6. John T macrumors 68020

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    The best way to check the disc is to verify it with Disc Utility.
     

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