What's the point of Time Machine if it takes a huge bloated space on my HDD anyway?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Suno, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. Suno macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2011
    Aside from a few important documents I need to keep on hand, my harddrive is virtually free from most things. I have a separate HDD for movies, large apps, and other things.

    Yet, when I go to About This Mac -> Storage, a huge chunk of my free space is taken by Backups. I'm positive this is from the times I back up with Time Machine. I'm positive it wasn't there before I started using it.

    If I'm right, then it makes me wonder what's the point of Time Machine? Am I not better off just manually backing up everything? I realize there are advantages to using Time Machine vs. manual back up, but I just don't think this wasted bloated space on my HDD is worth it.
  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    TM just keeps a local snapshot. It's likely that your Itunes library is taking up space. You can exclude large items from backups by going into TM preferences and adding them to the list.

    It's not an issue on my Imac. but on my rMBP large items are excluded as they are backed up elsewhere on my TV and my Pegasus R4...
  3. Suno thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2011
  4. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    I generally always exclude movies and music. That stuff I prefer to backup manually. If some newer purchase or download is lost it is just a download and one can redownload.

    Timemachine local snapshots are more of a "oh I shouldn't have deleted that" feature. The real purpose of a backup is to be there in case of hdd failure so it ought to necessarily be on a different drive.
  5. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I exclude my whole internal SSD lol. I only include my external HDD, so when I plug in my external HDD it wirelessly backups to another external connected to my Airport Extreme.

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