locating backup files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dphershman, Dec 11, 2015.

  1. dphershman macrumors newbie

    dphershman

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    #1
    I'm in the process of re-purposing my MBP and downsizing from a 750 gig hard drive to a 250 gig SSD. I need to clean up my hard drive on the laptop first, moving files etc. to create a manageable amount of storage on the new SSD.

    I'm finding that i have about 400 gigs identified as 'backup' on my hard drive. Is it possible to selectively delete those? Where can I find them?

    My only alternative to go forward is just to do a clean wipe of the hard drive, but I'd like to avoid doing that if I can so that I don't have to re-load programs and such.

    Thanks!
    Dan
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    Those files are from Time Machine's local snapshots. Just turn off Time Machine and they will be deleted. If you turn Time Machine back on again that hidden folder will be back at zero and begin to slowly grow again.
     
  3. dphershman thread starter macrumors newbie

    dphershman

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    thanks!
     

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