Finding Backup Files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Icarus3000, Oct 2, 2015.

  1. Icarus3000 macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2015
    Hey All!

    apologies if this is the wrong arena to be asking this question...

    I'm trying to clear space on internal hard drive. Moved Apple Loops folder over to an external drive and deleted it from internal drive. This should have freed up about 35 Gig on the internal.

    Instead I went from 26Gb free on the HDD to 25Gb.

    Apparently I now have 44Gb of Backup Files somewhere on my internal drive... how do i find these files?

    I use time machine on another external with 200+ gig of backups. This is all on El Capitan

    Thanks in advance

    I have searched all folders i can think of including library and can't find a single folder in the 40 Gig size. I don't know how to search for it in Finder as it does not have Backup Files as an option in Search Criteria
  2. Icarus3000 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2015
    Please ignore the above... *ahem*

    i rebooted the machine and everything just magically went away.

    Guess that's why i'm at the rank "newbie"
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    What happens when you delete files with Time Machine on is they go into a hidden /.MobileBackups folder even after you empty the trash, so the disk space is still used. Totally normal and you can read about it here.
  4. Icarus3000 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2015
    Thank you for that- i'm learning all the time!

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