Other storage mac air

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  1. uba2012 macrumors member

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    Hey. I deleted some movies from my air, and suddenly my other storage increased by 4 gb or something. Why?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Did you empty your trash?

    If you're wondering what "Other" category in the Lion/ML storage tab is about, this may help explain:
     
  3. uba2012 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes. But what I did before was I deleted the local backups by disabling time machine and enabling it again and AFTER that it just suddenly increased by 4 gb.
    (I use time machine on external hard drive)
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you enabled it again, it will create local backups again.
     
  5. uba2012 thread starter macrumors member

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    I know. But the backup section is zero but the other section increased. Do you know why ?
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Did you check the link I posted?
     
  7. uba2012 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes. It seems backup can take form as others.
     
  8. uba2012, Aug 23, 2012
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    I tried the same again know the other storage increased by 10 gb after turning the time machine backups off and on.
     
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    Its the .mobileBackup.trash folder which is 14 gb, i have found out.
    Is it deleted by it self ?
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It should be, but you can delete it safely.

    Time Machine MobileBackup on MacOS Lion
     
  11. uba2012 thread starter macrumors member

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    I have tried to delete it. But it comes
    With a blocked message.
     
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    You can just leave it if you want and OS X will shrink that space if the storage is needed. Or if you want to delete it now just turn Time Machine off then back on and it will get zeroed out.
     
  13. uba2012 thread starter macrumors member

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    I have tried that 10 times it doesn't delete anything in the .mobilebackups.TRASH.
    It's annoying I have just lost 14 gb of storage.
     
  14. Weaselboy, Aug 25, 2012
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    I have been tinkering around on my system a bit and I think if you just wait a few minutes you will be okay.

    Here is what is going on (based on my experiment).

    MobileBackups are stored at /Volumes/MobileBackups and when you turn off Time Machine either through the GUI or the command line it immediately renames /Volumes/MobileBackups to /Volumes/MobileBackups.trash and shows the trash in the Other category and not Backups. If you wait a few minutes the /Volumes/MobileBackups.trash gets deleted and Other reflects this.

    I had about 3GB in MobileBackups and it took around two minutes to delete it. Try checking again in a few minutes and see if it is gone.

    If not maybe try turning Time Machine on and off again then try a reboot and wait a bit.
     
  15. uba2012 thread starter macrumors member

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    That's also what I encountered, I turned time machine of an on and my mobilebackups went to zero and other increased by 14.

    So you are saying I should turn of time machine local backups in terminal with sudo tmutil. And then wait some minutes ?
     
  16. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yep. :)
     
  17. uba2012 thread starter macrumors member

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    It doesn't work:(
    I enabled show all files in terminal and now at least I can enter the folder but still can't delete it
     
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    i did the sudo du -h -d1 command in terminal in the .MobileBackups.trash folder, and it seems that there is a big file causing an issue..
     

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    it works now :)

    i used the sudo bash command rm -rf and dragged the folder in, and suddenly i got 14 gb of storage back...

    and i thank you both for your help:)
     
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    Whew. Glad it worked out. :)
     
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    You can force-delete from the trash by holding alt & option while you click empty trash. This will delete stubborn files such as old backups.

    Also, I recommend doing manual Time Machine backups rather than scheduled ones because the backups are SO huge. Then, delete all but the most recent two or three periodically. They consume storage hugely.
     
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    Another thing. Can you disable local backups forever and use time machine as it used to be like in snow leopard ?
     
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    Yes. Turn Time Machine on then run the command "sudo tmutil disablelocal" in Terminal.
     
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