View Full Version : Urgent help needed - My hard drive is filling up with back up files for no reason

Sep 23, 2012, 05:41 PM
I recently discovered that my mba (mid 2011, OS X 10.7.5) is filling up with something called "backups" and I don't understand where these files are coming from or where I can find them to delete them.

I have configured Time Machine to make backups whenever I connect my external harddrive I keep my backups on but now I am suspecting Time Machine of making local copies on my system drive as well. How do I stop this and how do I delete the files it has created

 -> about this mac -> more info -> storage


I really apreciate it if someone can help me quickly with this as I am in a bit of a hurry as I'm going travelling for the next month and I really need all the disk space I can to keep my photographs on. Thanks in advance!

Sep 24, 2012, 02:44 AM
this feature is called local snapshots.


they can be disabled, google it.

Sep 24, 2012, 02:46 AM
For Time Machine users on notebooks running Lion or later, space may be consumed by Time Machine local snapshots, which can be disabled (http://toti.posterous.com/hidden-local-backups-with-mac-os-x-lion-filli).
OS X: About Time Machine's "local snapshots" on portable Macs (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4878)

Sep 25, 2012, 04:07 PM
Thanks to the both of you, even though I figured it out on my own that is exactly what the problem was. Thanks for taking the time to reply. :)