Backups query

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by mjsc, Jan 13, 2017.

  1. mjsc macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2017

    I an running Yosemite 10.10.5 on Macbook Air

    I use Mozy free to backup the few docs on my mac - this is working fine

    I performed a Time machine backup to a USB drive months ago when I first got my mac - this is fine.

    I have an icloud account with 50 gb backing up photos off my iphone - this is fine.

    I can see all & my latest iphone photos under Photos on my mac

    On clicking ' about this mac ' clicking ' storage ' i note that the space allocated to ' backups ' is 8 gb

    What is the nature of this backup ? What process has set this ?

    I would like to reclaim this space if I can. If not then leave as is.

  2. jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    That Backup space is a function of "Time Machine", check this link for more info.
    And BTW, your question asked in a Google search returned instant results.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    That is Time Machine's local snapshots. You can read about it at this link.

    You can just ignore that space and let the OS manage it for you, or if you want you can disable the feature by running the command below in Terminal.

    sudo tmutil disablelocal
  4. mjsc thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2017
    All explained now, thanks for the hint
    --- Post Merged, Jan 13, 2017 ---
    Super response, thanks !

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