Mac storage, 145gb backups?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Lokoso, May 23, 2012.

  1. Lokoso macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2011
    So i just checked my storage on my Macbook Pro, and it says i have 145 GB on backups?

    I can't seem to find the backups anywhere on my computer, does anyone know where they are located?

    Screenshot of my disk:

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If you're wondering what "Other" category in the Lion storage tab is about, this may help explain:
    For space issues not explained by the above, there are a few things you can try, some of which may or may not apply:
    Here are a few resolutions found by others with the same question:
  3. Lokoso thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2011
    Amazing! just got it removed, using sudo tmutil disablelocal.

    Thank you, so much!
  4. casspir macrumors newbie


    May 7, 2011
    South Africa

    How did you get that graphic image? I know you get similar on iTines …. but then for iPhone/iPod etc.
  5. andalusia macrumors 68030


    Apr 10, 2009
    Manchester, UK
    This has to be one of the most ridiculous pre set replies I've ever seen. Can't you just tell him what the backups portion of the space indicator means instead of spewing all that nonsense for things he didn't even ask about? There's no need to answer everything there is to know about storage on Lion for this question.
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    On Lion, click  > About This Mac
    When you answer thousands of posts asking related questions, you'll find the value in covering all bases. The OP got the answer they wanted, obviously.
  7. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    It is just temp Time Machine backups from when your machine was away from a backup destination. Lion will delete (shrink) that space if the system needs it, so you can ignore it. If you want to manually reclaim the space, just turn Time Machine off then back on and it will zero out that backup space you see in your screen cap.


    You may not want to disable that. It will leave you without temp backups when away from an external backup source. Say you are away from the backup drive and discover you want to retrieve a file you deleted a couple hours ago... with this feature turned on you would be able to go into Time Machine and get the file back from this temp storage area. Lion manages this space so there really is no harm in leaving it turned on.

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