Resolved 2GB of local backups?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by ideal.dreams, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. ideal.dreams, Jul 27, 2011
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    ideal.dreams

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    Hey guys,

    From what I've read so far, Time Machine will make backups and store them to your system when your external drive is not connected and then move them to the external drive and delete them off of the internal hard drive.

    My question is why is there 2GB of local backups being stored on my hard drive when my external drive is plugged in? How do I delete the backups?
     
  2. macrumors member

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    where are these "backups"
     
  3. macrumors 68030

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    You can delete them with sudo tmutil disablelocal
    It will take a couple of min to delete.
    You can't delete them manually, so that command will disable the local snapshots.

    I don't know the limit of the storage when the computer is making the local snapshots.
     
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    ideal.dreams

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    That did the trick mrapplegate, thanks.
     
  5. macrumors 68030

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    I just wish Apple gave the user granular control of the local snapshots, like the ability to say don't store more than X amount of GB on my system, or at least prune the local snapshots like TM does with it's old backups. I have yet to see Lion really control them that well. In fact I turned it off myself.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    my system is currently on 112GB on local backups ;(
     
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    The space should be released as necessary after the backups are transferred to your Time Machine drive.
     

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