As always, take great care when you use Terminal. The other is that you are just trying to delete old files inside the same Time Machine archive. Ciao You are supposed to be able to restore individual items using time machine: To restore files: Open a window for the item you want to restore. You can control the Time Machine backups via. So, if you are running on a High Sierra version, you have more options. If you want to and don't care about your backup, you can most likely delete the entire backup folder.
Thanks Dinesh —— Dinesh Taylor Manually deleting Time Machine backups is not a good idea, as you have found out. The easiest way of all, however, is to use the Time Machine tool in CleanMyMac X. Time Machine creates new snapshots until the hard drive contains a minimum of 20% free space and, therefore, backups can occupy significant space on your internal drive. Apple provides surprisingly little documentation about all this, however, so my general suggestion is that you let Time Machine cull snapshots automatically, which it does as a drive fills up. .
Whether you want to delete a complete set of Time Machine backups, or just local snapshots, there are a number of ways to do it. Control+Click in the Trash and choose Put Back. To easily clean your computer system, we recommend - this application automatically removes temporary and unnecessary files from the computer such as system, browser cache, trash, etc. As with all Terminal sessions, you should back up all your data immediately before you start and makes sure you follow the instructions carefully, typing the commands exactly as they appear. Even if you exclude a file from Time Machine, prior backups of it will still remain until new ones push them out of the Time Machine drive.
Hope this helps Denisimo This is not entirely accurate. This option can be used as alternative to clear up storage areas. You can reach these backups through Time Machine if they are part of a local snapshot stored on the internal hard drive. When you set up Time Machine on your Mac, local snapshots begin getting created automatically, once every 24 hours. Is it that you had multiple Macs backed up to the same Time Machine drive? Message was edited by: Pixiegirlie I don't think there is any method that allows user to manually erase a backup of a certain time.
You can then re-enable the feature, which I highly recommend. This application is also very useful when restoring accidentally-deleted files. We'll show you how to delete both kinds of backup files. To remove a particular snapshot, type the following command 'sudo tmutil deletelocalsnapshots com. Time Machine uses a different method then your typical incremental backup.
If you are not familiar with terminal, this video is not for you. Type in your admin username and password. And makers of network attached storage devices added support to those for Time Machine. To do so, you need to execute the following command: Thanks so much, I have been struggling with this for a few days. The most complex, but also the one that gives you the most control, is to use tmutil in Terminal. Select an old backup folder titled by date of backup. Then, enter your administrator account password and hit return to proceed.
In essence what time machine does is make use of features of the file system to have a file in multiple places at once without having to duplicate the file data and take extra hard drive space. According to Apple, you shouldn't worry about the space these snapshots use on your Mac. Your backup is probably corrupt at this point and you may just be better off erasing the backup drive and starting a fresh backup. Emptying the trash can is the problem. You will now see a list of all the backups made by Time Machine, listed by date. There is another way to manually delete Time Machine backups, using Terminal and the tmutil command. Your external hard drive is where actual backup files are kept.
Use the arrows or the timeline along the right side of your screen to browse through all the backups Time Machine has created. Email yours to including screen captures as appropriate, and whether you want your full name used. If you launch the Time Machine app, navigate to a Finder window and then a date, you can then right-click and select Delete Backup. One thing to keep in mind is that when your time machine backup disk is not available, local snapshots are created to help Time Machine restore data more about local snapshots. You can use the same method to remove them from a network drive. It comes up with all sorts of errors.
Type in the admin password when prompted. When you find the item you want to restore, select it and then click Restore. Knowing how to delete backups will save some of your personal content. Or a Time Machine drive you were using before upgrading computers? After deleting 6 of these files, my purgeable storage changed to 27. Connect your Mac with Time Machine Drive. Check how much space your backup files takes To see if local snapshots exist on the computer and occupy hard disk space, check storage usage.
You can also select a file, click the gear action icon, and choose to Delete All Backups, which explicitly removes all copies of the file from the Time Machine archive. Also, the Time Machine feature must be enabled to create automatic backups. Dinesh Dinesh: You can try putting the backups back. You should see: Delete local snapshot '2018-12-15-002010' in the Terminal window. To re-enable this feature, type 'sudo tmutil enablelocal' and press return. Both ways require that your hard drive is connected to your Mac.