Why are my backups on my internal HD?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by NikkiJayne, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. NikkiJayne macrumors regular

    NikkiJayne

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    #1
    Sorry if this is a total n00b question, but anyway: I recently bought a 1TB Samsung external hard drive so I could back up my Mac with Time Machine.

    Anyway - why is my Mac showing that 161GB is being taken up by backups? I thought my backups were on my external hard drive?!
     

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  2. NikkiJayne thread starter macrumors regular

    NikkiJayne

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    Just saw someone else had literally just asked the same question. Apologies!
     
  3. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    you need to go into time machine settings and assign the backup disk target to the correct drive.
     
  4. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    TM also keeps local backups...open up time machine prefs, then select the external drive as your backup location as posted above. The initial backup will take a while, and remember to exclude any folders or items you don't want backed up.
     

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