7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 30, 2013 11:46 PM by Matt Clifton
Vinter18 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi.

 

i found out yesterday that i have a 49 gb backup on my macbook air, and i wont to delete because i takes a lot of the available gb. i have a time capsule so i have a backup there, but the backup on my mac is also there. so if i delete all the files on the macbook, and use the backup on my time capsule, the backup on my mac will come back.

i have searched in the files, programs, etc. but i cant find the backup file. does anybody have a solution? where can i find the file and what is it called?


MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • 1. Re: how to delete backup from my mac?
    SP Forsythe Level 5 Level 5 (5,230 points)

    Simply "turn off" Time Machine in its preference pane, under System Preferences.

     

    Turn it back on, or select "Back Up Now" in the title bar icon for TM, when you wish it to sync with your TC.

     

    Alternatively, you can disable Local Snapshots as well, if you don't want to turn off Time Machine.

    Enter this in Terminal:

    sudo tmutil disablelocal

  • 2. Re: how to delete backup from my mac?
    Vinter18 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    that actully helped. thanks. Now that backup file is gone, but i just realized that i also have 22 gb "others" do you know what that is, and is it necessary or can i delete some of those files?

  • 3. Re: how to delete backup from my mac?
    SP Forsythe Level 5 Level 5 (5,230 points)

    There might be a few files you can delete, but don't be misled by the classification "other". "Other" just means every other file that doesn't fall into the other categories. Most of it is system files, and other operating system and configuration files that are critical. Depending on the nature of your data, only a small amount might be user files that are discretionary.

     

    Use an app like Grand Perspective or Daisy Disk to help scour your drive for space.

  • 4. Re: how to delete backup from my mac?
    SNagaraja Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    SP Forsythe wrote:

     

    Simply "turn off" Time Machine in its preference pane, under System Preferences.

     

    Turn it back on, or select "Back Up Now" in the title bar icon for TM, when you wish it to sync with your TC.

     

    Alternatively, you can disable Local Snapshots as well, if you don't want to turn off Time Machine.

    Enter this in Terminal:

    sudo tmutil disablelocal

     

    This command was very helpful.

  • 5. Re: how to delete backup from my mac?
    matthewfromrichmond Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    how do you undo that sudo command? is it just suda tmutil enablelocal

  • 6. Re: how to delete backup from my mac?
    gatsby14055 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm trying to follow along becasue I have some 432GB of backups on my Macbook's hard drive, and I want them gone. Went to Terminal and typed the "sudo..." and then it asks me for a password. Well I have typed the one password my computer has, and nothing happens.

     

    Any thoughts on what I might be doing wrong or ANY ideas on how to gte rid of these?

     

    Thank you.

  • 7. Re: how to delete backup from my mac?
    Matt Clifton Level 7 Level 7 (27,790 points)

    Nothing will appear in Terminal as the result of a successful sudo operation. You may have to log out and log ina gain (or do a complete reboot) to see the results.

     

    Those backups, by the way, aren't doing any harm. In fact, if you actually needed the space for other files (eg, if you wanted to copy a larger file onto your drive) they would get automatically purged to make room.

     

    Matt