HD Storage, backup is taking all my space.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by alejandror91, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. alejandror91 macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys, need help.

    My 320GB Hard drive has 120 GB used for the section called 'backup', according to the storage tab in about this mac. This seems like way more than necessary for backup.

    Why is it using that much space for backup and what can I do to reduce it?
     
  2. tug macrumors 6502

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    open terminal and write;

    sudo tmutil disablelocal

    press enter.

    now check, your backups have gone. :)
     
  3. alejandror91 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So what happens if I erase them, will it affect my time machine backup on an external HD?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, only the local backups on your internal drive.
     
  5. alejandror91, Dec 16, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2011

    alejandror91 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great! Thanks a million to all you guys!

    Ok so I did it and it worked perfectly, one last question though, will it start doing local backups again?
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    As the article I linked states, you can turn them off in Time Machine.
     
  7. tug macrumors 6502

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    as ggjstudios says, or more simply, they won't show up in storage any more unless you write;

    sudo tmutil enablelocal


    glad to help. :)
     

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