I recently discovered that my mba (mid 2011, OS X 10.7.5) is filling up with something called "backups" and I don't understand where these files are coming from or where I can find them to delete them.
I have configured Time Machine to make backups whenever I connect my external harddrive I keep my backups on but now I am suspecting Time Machine of making local copies on my system drive as well. How do I stop this and how do I delete the files it has created
-> about this mac -> more info -> storage
I really apreciate it if someone can help me quickly with this as I am in a bit of a hurry as I'm going travelling for the next month and I really need all the disk space I can to keep my photographs on. Thanks in advance!
From the reading I've done, Time Machine does make and keep local backups so they are readily available should you not have access to the "external" backup drive.
I'm sure in the future the Time Machine preferences will include more configuration options, so until then I have chosen to disable the local instance of the backup. Since it looks like you backup to an external drive that is connected directly to your machine, you can probably get by with this as well. Myself, I rarely need to do restores and the connection to our time capsule server is very fast, so I think it will be the solution I stick with.
Here is the article explaining how to disable and re-enable the local backups on OS X Lion: http://osxdaily.com/2011/09/28/disable-time-machine-local-backups-in-mac-os-x-li on/
Good luck, Solaar!