If you’ve transferred your work to a new computer and don’t need the old computer’s backups in your S3 account anymore, you’ll need to delete them. Arq does not currently provide a mechanism for deleting those backups, but you can delete them through the AWS Management Console. Here’s how to do that:
First, open the AWS Management Console (https://console.aws.amazon.com/s3/home).
Next, select the bucket that Arq uses for its backups (named “.com.haystacksoftware.arq”).
Now you’ll have to determine the computer UUID that you want to delete. To do this, look at the
computerinfo file within each one:
- double-click on a computer UUID
- control-click on the file
computerinfoand pick “Download”
- open the downloaded file with TextEdit
- if the “computer name” matches the one you want to delete, you’ve found the right computer UUID.
Here’s an example “computerinfo” file:
<plist version="1.0"> <dict> <key>userName</key> <string>stefan</string> <key>computerName</key> <string>Stefan Reitshamer’s MacBook Pro</string> </dict> </plist>
In that example, the computer name is “Stefan Reitshamer’s MacBook Pro”.
Now that you’ve found the right computer UUID to delete, go back and select the bucket itself to see all the computer UUIDs again. Then control-click on the computer UUID you want to delete, and pick “Delete” from the pop-up menu. AWS Management Console will delete all the objects for that computer UUID.
WARNING: This delete cannot be undone! Please be careful when deleting.