Huge "Backups" section in my Mac HD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by soxguy17, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. soxguy17 macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2013
    Hey there, I'm a big fan of the search function, but "backup" is sort of a hot search term, so I'm having a hard time finding an answer to my question. I have a section of my hard drive labeled as "Backups," but it's on my local SSD, not my Time Machine drive. I run Time Machine backups weekly (I know, not enough. It's hard to get in a routine as a student), so I'm not really sure what this represents.

    Anybody? Screenshot attached. I appreciate the help!

    Also, thanks to whomever talked me in to a refurb'd 15 inch Retina. This thing is a freakin monster. I'm in love.

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  2. Paullagane macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2013
    If you go into time machine preferences and turn Time Machine off and then back on again it clears it.

    I had the same problem before.
  3. soxguy17 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2013
    Yup, that did it! Thanks my man. Looks like it didn't clear up any space, just was a bug.
  4. Paullagane macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2013
    No worries I think Time machine keeps copies of backups on the drive,I just clear it once a week.
  5. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    It's not a bug. You actually deleted Time Machine backups. When you are not attached to your external drive, Time Machine continues to backup your machine, but it uses space on your internal drive to make a snapshot. Those are temporary and automatically get deleted after a period of time. They also get deleted if you need the space back. So the space taken up by those backups is not reported as used. That's why your free space didn't change when you deleted the backups (which is not necessary, by the way).

  6. soxguy17 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2013
    Little counterintuitive, but I'll let Apple slide on this one.
  7. mac8867 macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2010
    Saint Augustine, FL
    Actually, the Apple laptops ALWAYS create local backups, whether you are connected to time machine or not. It's called MobileBackups, you can disable this with:

    sudo tmutil disablelocal

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