Resolved Disk Utility reporting less free space than Finder?

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  1. cambookpro, Sep 5, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2012

    cambookpro macrumors 603

    cambookpro

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    Hi,

    I was using Disk Utility a few minutes ago and noticed that it only says I have 135GB free on my HD, when Finder says I have 220GB free?

    Anyone have any ideas why? And which one is accurate?

    Thanks

    EDIT: After looking in the About This Mac storage screen, the 'backups' section is around 85GBs, which is the difference between the two. Does Finder omit this?
     

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  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    That is "local backups" created by Time Machine. You can read more about it here. Nothing wrong with your machine.
     
  3. bryan85 macrumors regular

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    To reclaim this space just toggle Time Machine off/on. It's stupid! I have to do this almost every day to reclaim >25GB space. The backups add up very quickly if you are moving around big media files.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    If you just ignore it, OS X will shrink the local backup on its own if you need the space for user files. Although, my OCD does sometimes compel me to zero it out this way also. :)
     
  5. bryan85 macrumors regular

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    I thought the same thing also however, I was proven wrong last night when I was downloading movies I had purchased through iTunes. My downloads got paused and I got a low disk space notification. After toggling Time Machine to off, I was able to reclaim roughly 25GB of space and resume my downloads. :confused:
     
  6. cambookpro thread starter macrumors 603

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    Thanks for the responses everyone. Think I will leave it for now then as I still have a good amount free, good to know there is a way to get rid of them though.
     
  7. Simplicated macrumors 65816

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    Type this in Terminal to stop OS X from making local backups:
    Code:
    sudo tmutil disablelocal
     

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