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Zain Azrai
TIME MACHINE: How Do I Delete Files In The Time Machine Back Up Drive?
on Oct 26, 2009 at 6:46:24 am

Dear All

I'm having difficulties with Time Machine on my Mac OS X Version 10.5.7.

I want to delete some unnecessary file from the Time Machine Hard Drive

but when I try to do so a window pops up, that says

'The operation can't be completed because back up items can't be modified.'


How do I delete unwanted files from my Time Machine Back Up Drive?


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Chris Anderson
Re: TIME MACHINE: How Do I Delete Files In The Time Machine Back Up Drive?
on Nov 12, 2009 at 4:23:09 pm

Enter the Time Machine interface, navigate to the file you want to delete, right click it, and select "Delete all items from backup."

This is an all or nothing approach, as it will get rid of all revisions of the file. I'm not aware of a way to selectively delete files. If it's something you just want to get rid of older revisions for, I'd delete it from the backup, then immediately start a new Time Machine backup to get the latest file back in there.


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Zain Azrai
Re: TIME MACHINE: How Do I Delete Files In The Time Machine Back Up Drive?
on Dec 17, 2009 at 2:46:12 pm

Thank you for your advise!


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