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I'm using two 2TB internal drives in tandem for Time Machine and deleted some files while in Time Machine. They deleted from drive A, but drive B still has the files. Is there a way to delete these? I tried unmounting drive A in Disk Utility but then I can't enter Time Machine.

I love the dual backups, but should I be able to do dual deletes of files/backups? I don't see a way to accomplishg this except to force Time Machine to do a backup, then delete the files again so it switches drives, but that seems a bit convoluted.

If one of you guru types has an answer I'd be most interested.



Mac Pro 3.1 8 Core ML.3

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I don't know if it has any caveats or risks, but you can also use bypass to delete files on backups:

sudo /System/Library/Extensions/TMSafetyNet.kext/Helpers/bypass rm -rf /Volumes/*/Backups.backupdb/*/*/*/Users/$USER/Documents/folder

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