When does Time Machine delete files that you’ve deleted from your Mac?
One of the key reasons to have a continuously running backup, whether to local storage or a cloud-backed provider, is to restore files you accidentally delete. Macworld reader Helena is trying to understand under what circumstances Time Capsule allows recovering a deleted file.
She wonders about a scenario in which with Time Machine active she:
- Deletes a number of files from her Mac.
- Performs a manual Time Machine backup.
- Erases her Mac.
- Restores it to another Mac.
Will the files deleted in step 1 be recoverable, Helena asks? Yes, but not as easily as with some hosted and local backup services.