I have a folder in ~/Downloads/Media with lot of media files backed up in time machine. Since I moved the files back and forth it has taken so much space in my external drive. Can anyone tell me a way to remove the location from Time Machine completely? I want to remove the location permanently.

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Open System Prefs > Time Machine, then click Options…
You can add exclusions to the list, by clicking the + & navigating to the location, or simply by dragging any folder/drive etc into the box.

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It would appear that anything already backed up will stay in the older backups until eventually it just 'falls off' over time, as Time Machine cycles through your drive space.

  • would that delete old capsules of the folder? Dec 18, 2015 at 12:20
  • I'm not sure. They'll either be removed at next backup, or just gradually fall off as the backups get older. Either way, the space will free up.
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 18, 2015 at 12:41
  • Cool, I just did it. Dec 18, 2015 at 12:42
  • Ah… just checked - they will fall off over time. I still have an old backup of something I excluded recently. It's gone from newer backups but is still there in older ones. I'll add that to the answer.
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 18, 2015 at 12:43
  • My disk is almost full, I gues it will fall off with the time. (y) Dec 18, 2015 at 12:43

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