"Backups" take up most storage - Help?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by celticfc482, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. celticfc482 macrumors member

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    Just got a new macbook pro and used time machine once to backup to a hard drive. When I check how much memory I have left it says Backups take up 70gb, what exactly is this and can i get rid of them to save space as I don't want any backups on the laptop?

    Thanks
     
  2. octatonic macrumors regular

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    Disable Time machine in preferences.

    BTW 'memory' isn't the right term here.
    The term you want is storage.
     
  3. celticfc482 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah I thought about that in the title then forgot to say storage then I posted :D
     
  4. celticfc482 thread starter macrumors member

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    If turning off Time Machine takes that storage away does that mean its just "hypothetical" storage. What I mean is its not actually taking up 70gb on the drive, it just says it is?
     
  5. Ccrew macrumors 68020

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    No, it saves snapshots to your local disc awaiting connection to Time Machine. It's taking up the space, but is programmed to release it if other applications call for it.
     

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