Random 284MB Backup Appearing

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  1. AlfexOmega macrumors newbie

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    So after about 3-5minutes of my mac being powered up from a cold boot I get this 284MB backups section in about my mac.

    Note: I am not using time machine at all on this machine however I have tested time machine about a week ago just to see how it worked. So it should be saving local snapshots?

    Photo - http://prntscr.com/5m8syc

    Can someone explain whats going on.

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  2. maflynn Moderator

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    If you turned on TM, then yes, its local snapshots.
     
  3. AlfexOmega thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's off now though and has been for a few days. It shouldn't still be creating local snap shots should it?
     
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    To clarify you tried Time Machine then turned it off? If so, you should not have anything showing there for Backups. I notice you have no "Other" space showing there either and all systems have that since it includes the OS (see mine below).

    I think what is going on is your Spotlight index is corrupted and that causes incorrect readings on that screen. Run the command below in Terminal and wait for the Spotlight reindex to complete and that should fix you up.

    Code:
    sudo mdutil -E /
    [​IMG]
     
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    It may not be creating new ones, but the old one should still be there.
     
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    I don't believe it works like that. In my experience anyway, when you turn off TM that Backups space gets zeroed out.
     
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    I haven't tried it lately, so I could be wrong on this. I already have local snapshots disabled on my MBP.
     
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    Run that Terminal command I gave you and wait for the Spotlight reindex to complete. It takes 20-30 minutes or so. It does not appear you waited for the reindex to finish.
     
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    Ok I think its done now. This is how it looks the other section seems to be fixed however backups are still appearing :/ http://prntscr.com/5m9br9
     
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    Run this command in Terminal and it will show if anything is in this hidden folder where the local snapshots are stored.

    Code:
    sudo du -hs /.MobileBackups


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    If you click the Spotlight icon in the menu bar you will see a blue line below it moving across to the right as it indexes. If that bar is gone, the reindex is complete.
     
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    Hmm... odd. So it is not left over Time Machine local snapshots then.

    Try this. Reboot and hold the command-r keys (both keys together) when you startup. That will take you to this recovery screen.

    From there start Disk Utility and run a repair disk on the main volume. Then quit Disk Utility and restart and see if it is gone.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. AlfexOmega thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No errors found and backups still appear :( Not sure what to do
     
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    Try this command so we can see what is in all the base folders. It takes a minute or so to complete. I am puzzled.

    Code:
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /
     
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    Nothing looks off in that Terminal output. Just for grins, do the Spotlight reindex again and make sure you let is sit and get completely through.

    Code:
    sudo mdutil -E /
    A reinstall might fix it, but I'm just baffled what it might be.

    That Backups number comes from the data in that hidden /.MobileBackups folder, and as expected with TM off, you don't even have that folder.
     
  20. AlfexOmega thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes very strange.. I might do a reinstall and hope that fixes it
     
  21. AlfexOmega thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hey man just did a complete reinstall wiped the drive and download a fresh copy from recovery i think its all good now. This is what it shows - http://prntscr.com/5mcap2 is this all normal?
     

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