Remove a File or Folder from Time Machine Backups in Mac OS X

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On Mac OS X, Time Machine is the simplest and most reliable way of saving data by creating a back-up on your Mac, but many times we don't want everything to be saved in the back end, or maybe one just no longer in need of a given directory to be preserved by external backups. In this situation, deleting or erasing such directory from the Time Machine can easily be done, in this Article we will show you How it is done

Steps to erase a directory or files from Time Machine

  1. 1
    Enter into Time Machine, How
    Pull Down the Time Machine Menu item and Enter Time Machine.
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  2. 2
    Navigate to the Directory Location of File or Folders that you want to delete backups.
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  3. 3
    Right Click on that folder > Delete all Backups of "File/Folder Name" and confirm the Removal
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  4. 4
    The Process is the same whether you want to delete your data as par file or folder, be very careful while deleting entire folder as it may contain something you require for after use
    This Action is permanent, once you have deleted your data from Time Machine, there is no way you can retrieve it back, because of this you must be very certain that you want to erase it or not, otherwise you might looking for some data that you would like to keep but you didn't. Another Option is to exclude the files or folders, preventing Time Machine to make their backup.
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If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


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