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Oct 14, 2012, 08:23 AM
Whenever Time Machine tries to backup my Macbook Air with the external HD unmounted, I get an empty backups.backupd folder under Macintosh HD. I'm not talking about the "snapshot" folder in Mobilebackups, but a folder directly under Macintosh HD, i.e., /backups.backupd/computer name. I delete it, and it keeps getting re-created. Incidentally, when this happens my Macintosh HD finder icon changes to the turquoise Time Machine disk icon. Any idea what's happening?

Oct 14, 2012, 11:57 AM
Mountain Lion supports Time Machine backup to multiple destinations, and that sounds like you picked the external drive as one and accidentally somehow selected Macintosh HD as a second backup destination. Look in your Time Machine settings in System Preferences to remove the offender.

It will look like this.


Oct 14, 2012, 01:44 PM
Thank you, but I did look there, and Macintosh HD is not set as a backup volume. Besides, the folder that my computer is creating is empty. If Time Machine were backing up to it, it would have the same content as the backups on my external HD.