About This Mac: Backups

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by ConnYoungy, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2010
    Hey guys, didn't know if this was a Lion thing or a macbook pro thing but here goes:

    Was just checking out the "About This Mac" feature, and under Storage where it lists music/movies/apps etc, i have 75gb of "Backups", what exactly will that be? I use time machine if that makes any difference but obviously that backup is on another drive

    Would appreciate any info!
  2. macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2010
    i have 271.9MB in that Backup portion..

    you said 75GB? are you sure? that seems outrageous.

    could be the new 'Recovery' partition that Lion creates?

    could it maybe be backups of app settings or something like that? maybe apps like Safari do this by default?
  3. macrumors 6502


    May 27, 2011
    Glendale, AZ USA
    Not a 100%, but I think it's that space that's used for local backups. To check you can plug in your TM drive and let TM catch up on any backups. Then check your storage again to see if your backup storage on the MBP changes.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2010
    even though he said his TM backups are on an external drive?
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2010
    Yeah its 74.88GB!

    also it says i have 155.54GB free, but finder says i have 230.41 so that 74gb is pretty much the difference

    also my time machine backup is totally up to date, and if its the Recovery Partition like RWil85 said, 74.88 seems like a very large and odd amount of space!
  6. macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2010
    eh, not sure..but, check these out..seemingly, some good info - didn't have time to read them, just scanned over them.

  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2010
    Thanks! that seemed to answer everything! I did try a search but wasn't too sure what to look for
  8. macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2010
    No worries..I'm the same way - would've wanted to know what that was, also.
  9. macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2011
    I had the same on my Macbook, chewed up 20gb of space.

    I usually turn TM preferences to off if I'm not connecting to my external drive for a while and just turn it back on when I'm at my workstation, unless I want to backup via snapshots for any reason.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2015

    I had the same problem, chewed up 124 GB!.

    Turns out that if you use Timemachine with a remote back-up, it will make temporal back-ups on your hard-drive.

    Solution is to back up onto your remote drive. Switch TM off, restart the Mac, and voila, all back-up is gone and you have free space again. Worked like a treat for me. Not a great solution, and it would be great if Apple allow you in an easier way to free up the space.
  11. dyt1983, Feb 9, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2015

    macrumors 65816

    May 6, 2014
    edit: To remove personally identifying info not relevant to the conversation.

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