Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Removing Unwanted APFS Time Machine Backups

Rich Trouton:

With APFS-formatted Time Machine backup drives, only the option to restore files is available. The Delete Backup or Delete All Backups options are not available.


You can remove unwanted backups using either the Finder, or by using the tmutil command line tool.

I like browsing and restoring from APFS Time Machine backups, and they seem much better in theory, but I’m tempted to go back to HFS+ because with APFS (at least on Monterey) Spotlight never stops indexing, and there’s no way to turn it off. Alas, Disk Utility doesn’t even make encrypted HFS+ volumes anymore.


3 Comments RSS · Twitter

"Alas, Disk Utility doesn’t even make encrypted HFS+ volumes anymore."

Wait, what?

APFS is notorious for poor performance on spinning drives, so what are you supposed to do to make an encrypted external TM drive?

I am pretty sure you can still create encrypted HFS+ volumes with the `hdiutil create` command, though.

hdiutil creates disk images. I think you can do it with diskutil, though.

Leave a Comment