8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 22, 2012 1:49 PM by maharitho
maharitho Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

Hello guys

I have macbook pro, early 2011, 2.0 GHz,15", lion 10.7.2, 500 GB HDD

recently I switched to SSD 250 GB, not that much size comparing with 500 HDD but super fast response, so I like to watch movies blur ray but the problem that   they posses large space size so I delete after I see, today I checked on the space I have in SSD and I found its 107 GB total from all 249 GB (can you beleive) and I am using time machine for backing up my files into external HD ,but still showing  backups (129 GB) in disk, how  can I access such folders to delete the unnecessary

thanks in advance

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (260,415 points)

    Try this if I understand correctly:


    Open the Terminal in the Utilities folder and enter or paste the appropriate command line. Press RETURN and enter your admin password when prompted. It will not be echoed.


    To turn them ON: sudo tmutil enablelocal


    To turn them OFF: sudo tmutil disablelocal



    Note that turning them OFF will also delete all existing snapshots. See OS X Lion- About Time Machine's "local snapshots" on portable Macs

  • dkclaus Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)

    Time Machine keeps files from earlier backups - it only backs up the changes from last backup.

    So the backup file keeps growing until you run out of space on the HD - then it will start deleting the oldest backups.

    The only way to make the backup file smaller is by deleting the backup and start all over.

  • maharitho Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    you didnt get me , I am not indicating about time machine but the problem is inside the SSD as well, there are back up files I need to clear

  • maharitho Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    not that sure if I got you, anyway I want to delete the back up files inside the SSD cause I am backing using time machine as well, so no need inside SSD as this will take much space

  • dkclaus Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)

    OK - then Kappy has the solution for you.

    Follow his directions.

  • maharitho Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    I did what is typed; sudo tmutil disablelocal but I cant enter the password to verify

  • maharitho Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    ok I did what he typed but unfortunately didnt work with me, so do u have any suggestion

  • dkclaus Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)

    Not really - but if you read this you will see that it is not a problem.... it will always make sure that you have enough space on your HD.

  • maharitho Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    well I guess this is it, thanks man, but still this little bit annoying, now I checked the back up in SSD and it became 131 GB insteas of 129 GB before a 20 minutes ago