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Excessive back up files?

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gary Boland Calculating status...
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Sep 23, 2011 3:17 PM

On my internal HD #2 I have a folder named "backups.backuppdb"

in that folder is a folder "GB computer 2", then a folder 2010-03-25 -102114 which re-directs to a folder

Mac HD (My primary HD) with alll my operating systems & applications folders




then 2010-04-02 - 103435 - Mac HD folder- all operating systems& apps

       2010-05-09 -  094831- Mac HD folder- all operating systems& apps

there must be over 50 these same repeating files dating into 2011


My internal HD #2 is full with all these back up files.



Can I safely delete them, and how?

How do stop these back files from duplicating?



Gary Boland


Hope Im in the correct support forum.




Mac G5


g5, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,755 points)
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    Sep 23, 2011 3:23 PM (in response to gary Boland)

    Hi Gary, let's see if this might be the case...


    In Finder's Menu, select Go menu>Go to Folder, and go to "/volumes". (no quotes)


    Volumes is where an alias to your hard drive ("/" at boot) is placed at startup, and where all the "mount points" for auxiliary drives are created for you to access them. This folder is normally hidden from view.


    Drives with an extra 1 on the end have a side-effect of mounting a drive with the same name as the system already think exists. Try trashing the duplicates with a 1 or 2 if there are no real files in them, and reboot.


    If it does contain data...


  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,755 points)
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    Sep 23, 2011 4:44 PM (in response to gary Boland)

    When you have Finder in the fore front the Menu at top should say...


    Finder... File... Edit... View... Go... Window... Help


    Is the Go not there?

  • K I M B A K A T Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 21, 2012 1:52 PM (in response to gary Boland)

    You can delete BOGUS Volumes that for some reason your OS creates after a reboot.


    To delete an incorrect mount point:

    1. On your Mac go to System Preferences > Sharing, and disable all the file services. (You may not have it turned on if it's a Max OS SERVER)
    2. In Finder use COMMAND+Shift+G to navigate to /Volumes.
    3. In /Volumes, find the incorrect mount point folder. It should have the name of the original mount point (for example, Storage), but its icon depicts a folder instead of a disk drive.
    4. Delete the folder.
    5. Restart the Mac. Restore System Preferences > Sharing settings.
    6. If the media storage is still not available after restart, use the Mac application Disk Utility to repair the media storage disk. 


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