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Deleting files on a cloned boot drive?

by gagetgirlG5 / March 8, 2010 6:02 AM PST

Computer: Dual 2GHz PowerPC G5, model PowerMac7,3, memory 3GB, Speed 2GHz
External HD: Fantom G Force MegaDisk with eSATA/USB/Firewire and connected via firewire.

Issue: After formating and partitioning the external HD, I used Carbon Copy Cloner 3.2.1 to create a bootable clone drive using one partition. But now I want to make space on the source drive by deleting some files, folders and applications that are taking up too much space. I realize that I cannot do this without deleting files from the cloned boot drive at the same time as it mirrors the other as in ghosting.

Question?: How can I work around this issue post cloning? I've tried to find the answer in the on-line guide, however it doesn't address this specific scenario. It only talks about deleting files that don't exist on the source drive, not the other way around. What happens to data already on the target drive? And, if you already have data on your target drive, the "Incremental backup of selected items" method will only delete those items if: You have selected the "delete files that don't exist on the source" option and
the file does not exist on the source.

Sounds as if this is a one way deal? I need to be able to clean off my source drive to free up hard disk space and really just need a backup of the original. I am running critically low on disk space on the source drive. If I can't delete files from the source without it deleting from the target, how can I erase or reformat just one of my partitions without erasing the entire drive? How can I delete from the target drive without reformatting it and erasing my source drive at the same time? Maybe I should have just backed up my source drive using backup instead of clone.

Any suggestions will be much appreciated.


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Forgot to ask,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 8, 2010 8:09 AM PST

what OS are you running on that G5?


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Re: Deleting files on a cloned boot drive?
by gagetgirlG5 / March 8, 2010 10:44 AM PST
In reply to: Forgot to ask,

The operating system I'm using: OS X Tiger 10.4.11 (older G5) can only upgrade to Leopard 10.5.6.

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(NT) I only asked because this is the "Classic" System 9 forum
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 8, 2010 9:00 PM PST
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Sorry, should I switch to OS X forum?
by gagetgirlG5 / March 9, 2010 12:40 AM PST

My mistake. I must have hit that one by accident.


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Not a problem.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 9, 2010 1:45 AM PST

Getting an email reply together today.


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