Is it safe to disable Time Machine "Local Snapshots"?

lip5016

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Jul 11, 2014
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Working with new harddrives, which have quickly been filled up to about 50% capacity from "Other" and "Backups".. I know that these files are related to Time Machine (I am using Apple Time Capsule 2TB).. I am pretty much never away from home (lol), so my MacBook Pro stays connected to my Time Capsule via Ethernet throughout the day, and pretty much is only disconnected, maybe once or twice a month..

Since I'm always plugged into my Time Capsule via Ethernet.. Is it safe to disable Time Machine "Local Snapshots" to free up all this harddrive space?
 

Weaselboy

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Working with new harddrives, which have quickly been filled up to about 50% capacity from "Other" and "Backups".. I know that these files are related to Time Machine (I am using Apple Time Capsule 2TB).. I am pretty much never away from home (lol), so my MacBook Pro stays connected to my Time Capsule via Ethernet throughout the day, and pretty much is only disconnected, maybe once or twice a month..

Since I'm always plugged into my Time Capsule via Ethernet.. Is it safe to disable Time Machine "Local Snapshots" to free up all this harddrive space?
That local backups space should never show in Other, but only the purple Backups section.

It won't do any harm turning it off if you don't need the feature.
 

MacForScience

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Yes. You can disable it without issues. The only thing you lose is the ability to recover deleted files away from your Time Machine drive. Personally I always disable local TM.

Cheers
 
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