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

Discussion in 'macOS' started by lip5016, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. lip5016 macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2014
    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?
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    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.
  3. MacForScience macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2010
    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.


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