El Capitan can't find location for install

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by ishanderson, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. ishanderson macrumors newbie

    ishanderson

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    Macbook Pro (Retina, 13 inch Mid 2014)
    Memory:8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Current: OS X Yosemite 10.10.5
    Startup Disk: Macintosh HD
    (25.59 GB free of 120.15 GB)

    I downloaded the El Capitan installer package..
    I select (1) run install and (2) agree to consent. Next step is (3) "Select disk where you would like to install OS X" This is where I'm stuck. I see only a green image of Macintosh HD grayed out. Under it says 120.15 GB total, 19.4 GB available. When I select it I see "This disk is used for Time Machine Backups" The install button is also inactive. I deleted the installer and redownloaded a new one after reboot but same problem. Ran diagnostic, it checked out fine. Any suggestions?
     
  2. KALLT macrumors 601

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    See here: Can't install Mavericks because "This disk is used for Time Machine backups"
     
  3. ishanderson thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Sorry, I modified my post. I actually found a solution for it (see the link if you missed it).
     
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    Sounds like it could be a fix, he says "Open your HD folder and look for a backup folder there. Either delete it or move it to another drive." But I can't seem to find a backup file. Am I looking in the wrong place? Go>Home..?
     
  6. KALLT macrumors 601

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    You need to go Macintosh HD (Go > Computer).
     
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  8. KALLT macrumors 601

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    It is a backup. Time Machine creates this Backups.backupbd folder automatically. It is there where individual Time Machine backups are made. It is possible that you at one point accidentally enabled Time Machine on your internal drive while you were booted in another partition. Normally, it should not be possible to use your main drive as your backup drive as well. It should be safe to delete it, however, make sure that your external drive has a current backup.
     
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    Wow and it's a huge file. That's what been taking up so much mystery space in my "other" storage! I did have a different macbook for a couple of weeks that was glitchy so I swapped it for this one. I believe they transferred all of my stuff over at that time. Could that have been a file from then? Anyways, it's backed up on my external HD and I am SO GLAD to have the extra free storage (bonus!) I now have the option to install! Thank you thank you thank you!
     
  10. KALLT macrumors 601

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    I don’t know what they did, but perhaps that is what happened. The backup folder should just not be on your main partition. I don’t even want to know how Time Machine handles this. I suspect that it backs up that enormous folder too if you’re unlucky.
     

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