TM is asking for more room to do a backup...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by stuartrozier, Jul 27, 2015.

  1. stuartrozier macrumors regular

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    Hello,
    I've been having this recurring problem with time machine, where i have a 600gb drive connected, backups are taking place as scheduled - but when it come near to the end of the 600gb, tm is asking for more space to be made ?

    i thought time machine would automatically overwrite the older backups if their was no room for new ones ?

    many thanks in advance

    stuart
     
  2. LittleGreyMan macrumors newbie

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    Hey, try to manually delete the old backups.
     
  3. stuartrozier thread starter macrumors regular

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    thank you, whats process for this - an it is advisable ? are they not all encrypted
    stuart
     
  4. LittleGreyMan macrumors newbie

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    It doesn't damage anything, really.
    When you connect the exteral hard drive, open it in finder and enter the backup files and delete the ones you don't want.
     
  5. Significant1 macrumors 6502

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  6. kingdLo macrumors 6502

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    You should definitely delete the oldest backups first. Manually add them to the trash. I did this just yesterday and gained 100GB space back!
     
  7. stuartrozier thread starter macrumors regular

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    thank you. how do you do this ? thanks (manually deleting backups i mean)
     
  8. kingdLo macrumors 6502

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    In finder navigate to where your TM is located. For me, this was on my 2nd HDD internal. Inside was a folder named Backups. In here were tons of backups that TM created. I simply wiped them all to start fresh. It ended up being close to 1 million files all together.
     

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