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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Truly deleting files from your Time Machine backup!

One thing that can be worrisome about a Time Machine backup is security. If you are working with confidential files and you want to make sure they are erased when you throw them away, you'll have to check your backup. It is however very easy to eliminate a file from the backup. When you are in Time Machine, you simply select the file you want to erase, click on "Action" and choose "Delete All Backups of "name of the file"".

13 Comments:

Blogger zevie said...

Great Tip. Is there a way to have Dashboard open at login?

December 2, 2007 at 12:31 AM  
Blogger MacTipper said...

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December 2, 2007 at 12:36 AM  
Blogger MacTipper said...

Yes, there is. All you have to do is add it to your login itmes. To do that, Go to System Preferences>Accounts>Your_Account>Login Itmes. Then, click on the + in the center(ish) of the screen. After this, select Applications>Dashboard from the file picker. Now, when you log in, it should activate Dashboard!

Hope this helps
MacTipper
The MacTipper Blog

December 2, 2007 at 12:38 AM  
Blogger zevie said...

Did u make ur website on iWeb?

December 2, 2007 at 12:43 AM  
Blogger Omer Zach said...

No, the site is clearly made with Blogger....

December 2, 2007 at 2:31 AM  
Blogger fred said...

When Time MAchine fills up and there's nothing you want to save, how do you get rid of everything and start anew? Is there any way to delete old saves?

December 2, 2007 at 3:53 AM  
Blogger Jimfromno said...

New subject. I must admit that i just don't "get" smart folders. I don't understand how they are used. I have set them up but, I don't see how they are different than ordinary folders. I have looked around, but have not been able to find a comprehensive explanation on the capabilities or features of these folders. I know I'm not the only one who has this confusion. Any suggestions?

December 2, 2007 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger MacTipper said...

Smart Folders in the Finder are like Smart Folders in iTunes. You set a criteria, then, whenever a file matches that criteria, an Alias is put into the smart folder. This means that there's only one copy of the file, but two places to get them at. It allows you to group files which are all related. So, if you have a project with all it's files labeled Green, you might want to set up a smart folder for every Green labeled file. Then, name that folder "Project-X".

MacTipper
The MacTipper Blog

December 2, 2007 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Nessuno said...

ZEVIE the tip posted by Mactipper may not work on Leopard. That was a tip for Tiger but it doesn't work in Leopard. If you remember in Tiger the Dashboard was an OPENED application everytime now, in Leopard, as you can see on your dock, the Dashboard isn't an opened app. It's allways closed.
Use an application named DASHBOARDIGNITION, it works very well!

December 2, 2007 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Arnold said...

A follow up on Smart Folders: Besides just being another grouping of files based on some criteria, the Smart Folders always update themselves automatically. This means that the contents can change without you directly interacting with the Smart Folder. In the "Green" label example mentioned above, that means if you go to any folder and label a file with Green it will automatically appear in the Smart Folder. If you take another file and remove the Green label, it will disappear from the Smart Folder.

December 2, 2007 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Fleminator said...

Is there a way to use FileVault to protect the documents that are on my back up drive? I want to be able to keep backups of files, but make sure they are always encrypted.

December 2, 2007 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Arnold said...

Fleminator: See this very interesting discussion on FileVault and Time Machine on the Apple forums:

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=5648861�

One solution they hint at but don't discuss explicitly is to use encrypted disk images created by Disk Utility to store sensitive data instead of using FileVault to encrypt your entire home directory.

December 2, 2007 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Fleminator said...

Arnold, I'm not sure why, but the link you put in that comment seems to have moved. I would love to read about it if you have an updated link

December 4, 2007 at 11:48 AM  

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