Deleting "Backups" On Macintosh HD

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by apos13, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. apos13 macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2012
    So I'm trying to clear out some room on my laptop, but it seems like nothing is actually getting deleted. I look at my HD and see that 53gb is dedicated to Backups that I don't really need since I use a Time Machine back up. Is there any way for me to delete this?

    Thanks in advance

  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Time Machine keeps "Local" backups on your HDD as space permits..If you use it as your main backup solution, I'd be inclined to leave it alone....
  3. Jaypi macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2012
    Los Angeles
    If you need space those backups will get removed automatically
  4. docal97 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2006
  5. krravi macrumors 65816

    Nov 30, 2010
    If you go to terminal and type "ls" from the root, you should see a volume called "MobileBackups" or something like that. Its hidden in Finder.
  6. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    "Is" is not a Terminal command that does anything apart from getting you an error message.

    this command will disable local backups

    sudo tmutil disablelocal
  7. mward333 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2004
    The command written above was not "Is" but rather "ls", i.e., ell-ess (12th letter of the alphabet, followed by 19th letter of the alphabet). Hope that helps. "ls" just lists the files in the current directory.
  8. krravi macrumors 65816

    Nov 30, 2010


    He wanted to know where the files are located.
  9. MacPat333 macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2012
    Same problem, thogh I don't remember the break down.

    I only have 7 GB left of my 120GB SSD available space. How can I get ride off the stuff that I already save on the external HDD?

    Can I move iMovie projects to the external and only keep the once I am currently working on on the SSD for faster speed?

    I want to clear everything from the internal SSD and keep only the applications on it.

  10. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    ls still does not reveal anything except

    Screen Shot 2012-12-29 at 7.36.40 PM.png
  11. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    The file is at /.Mobilebackups and if you try to access it in Terminal you will get a message you do not have permission to access it.

    If you want to delete the local backups mentioned by the OP, just turn Time Machine off then back on and it will zero out.
  12. EarthSouNZ macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2011
    New York
    Reformat the last resort?

    Having tried the Terminal response and had no luck with "ls" I decided to reformat the backup disk. Disk utility would not let me do this as I had deleted files already and they were in the Trash which was linked to the backup disk, which would not dismount. And the Trash wouldn't empty because of controlled files ( Mackeeper virus removal over lots of backups).

    So I created another user on my mac mini and used disk utility to reformat the drive.
    Hope this simple solution is helpful to those who don't mind reformatting their backup disk.
  13. sidaphay macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2013
    just turn off time machine and the backup data will go away
  14. luisito macrumors regular


    Nov 15, 2012
    I didn't know you could backup on the same drive as the OS.

    Interesting, but personally a bad choice, hence the lack of space. Try using Time Machine with an external hard drive, it will give you back half of your drive.
  15. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Local time machine backups aren't meant to be a true backup. It's a local backup that's supposed to be a safety net for when you are away from your "true" TM backup.

    If you don't want to use Time Machine at all (external or local), just turn it off. Local TM is enabled by default, and functions even if you've never set up Time Machine.

    EDIT: Crap. Didn't realize the thread was 6 month's old.
  16. luisito macrumors regular


    Nov 15, 2012
    Oh man! I have fallen victim of the same circumstances. Haha. I never check dates of threads that are within the first half page of the thread list..

    Thank you, sidaphay
  17. smw2411 macrumors newbie


    Dec 3, 2015
    Sur de Tenerife~Islas Canarias
    thank you!

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