How To Remove All Copies Of a File From Time Machine

If you want to permanently delete files from your Mac and your Time Machine backups, you must use a special function in Time Machine to remove all of the versions of that file. After deleting the current file on your drive, you need to Enter Time Machine, look back to a time where that file existed, and then select the file to delete it from all backups.

Comments: 6 Responses to “How To Remove All Copies Of a File From Time Machine”

    Marsha Avery
    1 year ago

    I had photos duplicate tons of pictures. Does this procedure work to elimate duplicate photos?

    1 year ago

    Marsha: No, this has nothing to do with duplicate photos. This is about backups. To deal with duplicate photos you’d need to first figure out why that is happening (so as not to repeat the problem) and then work to remove the duplicates. Doing so depends on whether you are talking about picture files, your Photos app, something else, etc.

    John Carter
    1 year ago

    Let’s say you get an email from someone that carried a virus in an attachment. If you delete the email using this method well it also delete the attachment let’s say you get an email from someone that carried a virus in an attachment. If you delete the email using this method, then will it also delete the attachment that will be in a different folder?

    1 year ago

    John: I’m confused about that you are asking. So you get some malware as an attachment to an email. First, that would almost be impossible unless you were using old ISP email or an unsecured Corp server or something. But you wouldn’t save the file, right? And deleting an email is within mail and related to your email server, not usually your files.
    Bottom line is just delete the email and move on. This technique here doesn’t apply.

    Dr Ashish Jain
    1 year ago

    There is no time machine Icon on my menu ….how do I get this ?

    1 year ago

    Ashish: System Preferences, Time Machine. Check the box Show Time Machine In Menu Bar.

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