Backup problems from Time Machine

Discussion in 'macOS' started by DoctorCrap, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. DoctorCrap macrumors regular


    Oct 6, 2012
    Penang, Malaysia
    Take a look at that 4.1 GB of backups.
    When I delete something from my Mac (if the file was 1GB) then 2x more space is added to the backups (backups become 6.1 GB).

    I want to stop that. I have already turned off time machine and deleted the backup disk.
    Any chance of locating that stupid backup file on my Mac?

    Attached Files:

  2. TofSanity macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2010
    i just noticed I have 79GB of back on my rMPB but I use a Time Capsule for my Time Machine. did you figure out how to remove?
  3. TonyK macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
    Have you searched for a folder called "Backups.backupdb" yet?

    When a drive is not used entirely for TimeMachine it puts the backups into a folder and on my external drive that is what it is called.

    Take care,
  4. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    When your backup drive is not available, OS X stores the backup temporarily on your internal drive. It then transfers the backup the next time you plug-in your backup drive. The space is freed up if the system disk needs it for anything else.
    You can disable this, if you want to, as shown here:
    Though I would suggest that if you're looking for ways to save space on your startup drive, 6Gb of temporary backup is not the biggest culprit.

    I hope that you do have some backup strategy in place, if not Time Machine. Files without any backup are waiting to be lost.

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