Time Machine Backups

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Time Machine Backups

Post by Photo Jeanne » Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:41 pm

I'd like to free up some space on my Time Machine. It currently backs up two computers. Is there an easy way to delete some old files without having to completely move everything to a new drive and reformatting the old one?

Thanks, Richard. I'm pretty sure you will be answering me.

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Re: Time Machine Backups

Post by Richard Serkes » Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:13 pm

I'll let one of my staff handle this one. ;)
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Re: Time Machine Backups

Post by Stephen Hart » Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:20 pm

Time machine should prune the oldest backups automatically.
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Re: Time Machine Backups

Post by JerryFreilich » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:34 pm

This is actually a task that can be done easily, but it's not intuitive. A short video on doing it right is here: https://vimeo.com/3268578

I would just warn you that you can mess up a lot of things by tinkering too much in the Time Machine files. I would be very selective about what I removed. And I would tend to just let Time Machine take care of its own older files by itself, automatically, without tinkering with it. As you know, Time Machine keeps a snapshot of each hour of the past day, each day of the past week, each week of the past month, each month of the past year, etc. It is supposed to purge the oldest files automatically in order to keep backing up today's work. It seems a finely tuned and well managed system if let alone to do its thing. I've seen many postings on the websites from folks who tried to get in there and manage things manually.

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Re: Time Machine Backups

Post by Stephen Hart » Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:55 pm

What Jerry said.

Except in special circumstances, I'd just leave Time Machine alone to do its own pruning from the oldest backups.

If you want to keep old backups, buy another external hard drive and just start Time Machine over on that drive. You can always switch back if you need to.

1 and 2 terabyte drives are inexpensive these days. If you need really massive amounts of backup space, you're in specialist territory, and should be designing a pro-level backup system.
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Re: Time Machine Backups

Post by Photo Jeanne » Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:15 pm

Thanks guys, but now I get an error code 6584, and don't know what to do with it. Any more suggestions?

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Re: Time Machine Backups

Post by Stephen Hart » Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:28 pm

Photo Jeanne wrote:Thanks guys, but now I get an error code 6584, and don't know what to do with it. Any more suggestions?
Give us more details. When do you get this error code?
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Re: Time Machine Backups

Post by Ray Bentsen » Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:44 pm

Have you tried Google-ing for "time machine error 6584" ?
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Re: Time Machine Backups

Post by Richard Serkes » Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:34 pm

This solution is from one of the Apple Discussion boards.
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