Why so many backups here?


themumu

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Feb 13, 2011
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See the pic.

I've never used this drive for my Time Machine so why so much taken on backups?

Can I delete them and if so how and where??
Your primary drive is used by Time Machine to keep local backups while the remote disk may or may not be available. That said, this is using too much space for that.

What kinds of files do you regularly use and edit on your computer? I think the OS is looking at frequently modified files and makes to sure to keep a few versions of them. You may want to exclude those from backups, if that's the case.
 

wizardofoz85

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Feb 9, 2014
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London
I noticed the same thing on mine. My time machine backups seemed to be working fine with the external hard drive I use.

The way I deleted the extra backups on the MBP itself was to go into the time machine preferences and turn off the backups then turn them on again. That seems to delete the ones on the laptop
 

Weaselboy

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Jan 23, 2005
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OK, so where do I locate these files so I can delete them??
Like wizardofoz85 mentioned, just turn Time Machine off then back on and that space will zero out.

Or, you can just ignore it as OS X will shrink the space down if your drive starts to get over 80% full. Give this a read.