Time Machine

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  1. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030

    basesloaded190

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    i have a 250 gig external for TM right now. i currently only have about 90 gb left. im going to be getting a digital camera soon and would like some more space to put them on instead of my computer HDD because that is getting low as well. can i erase my External so there is nothing on there, then have TM make a backup from now? i know i won't have any of the old stuff, but i haven't gotten rid of anything i don't need right now.
     
  2. JamesB312 macrumors newbie

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    What i did when i started over with my external drive was to switch off time machine and then stop it from backing up to the external drive.
    Then use disk utility to erase everything from the drive, then just set it back up with time machine again and it will start backing up.

    Although as far as im aware, time machine will delete previous backups anyway to make more space for newer backups that may take up more space which would include making room for your photo's!

    Hope that helps
     
  3. penguinpaul macrumors member

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    Can someone explain to me why leopard users use time machine at all?? i mean, it cant be that secure surely. what if you want to delete some personal files - theyre still backed up on your hd.....:confused:
     
  4. Tosser macrumors 68030

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    You can exclude the porn-folder from being backed up :p
     
  5. basesloaded190 thread starter macrumors 68030

    basesloaded190

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    that's what i was going to do. i was going to go into disk utility and just erase it and kinda start fresh. i was going to make one big backup, and then turn it off and back up when need be
     
  6. penguinpaul macrumors member

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    thats ok then :)
     
  7. Tosser macrumors 68030

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    Another good thing is that you can also exclude specific documents. It really is quite nifty, although it would be better if it just backed up the changes, not an entirely new document if you add a period. But I guess this way, you're not banking on that first copy to see some of the changes (if that makes sense).
     
  8. penguinpaul macrumors member

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    sort of.

    also, it backs up virus's?? (if you actually manage to get one...)
     
  9. Tosser macrumors 68030

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    haha, yup. And it will also back up those spam mails, unless you don't erase them before backing up. But, if you're worried about virusses, you know what you can do.

    It's like moving: Unless you toss things out, or choose not bring them with you, they will come with you. Also, the boxes will just as messy when you pack them out, as when you put all your stuff into them.
     

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