ah. OK. thanks for everything.
apparently if i get into terminal i can turn off this other backup.
right now i am plugged into the Time Capsule with an ethernet connection to my MBP. not exactly sure what i should do now. wondering if i should turn off WiFi and/or run a TM backup and this will kill this 75 GB (75 GB?) of data or if there is something else i need to do.
i guess i will read james' great info and see if i can free up some space.
that work he did sure is a standard for admirable set of community help documentation. not to mention his work on the list in answering posts...
You said it..... the timing was also unfortunate (as that always seems to be), as I was involved in testing (with him and a couple of others) various scenarios of several OS versions on getting a comprehensive guide added to his website regarding clean installs, selling/buying a used Mac, etc, etc. We never did get that finished, I'm sad to say, but I learned a lot which helps me help others.
thanks a ton to all on this thread.
for those suffering through this:
sudo tmutil disablelocal
Turn off local Time Machine snapshots and trigger automatic cleanup of accumulated local snapshot data. Requires root privileges.
(use sudo tmutil enablelocal to turn back on)
this got rid of my 75 GB backup file (!!) and now i am going to move my data back to my laptop...
not sure if there is an apple tech article to link to regarding this issue but it would be good to post if there is one.
for those that may be having a problem uninstalling Virtual Box -
the lowdown is to re-install Virtual Box so that you have the uninstall tool which i was missing and then if you are getting an error double clicking on the uninstall icon you use CTRL and click Open. this will get you over the unidentified developer error.
this will send you to a terminal looking interface where you have to enter "Yes" and then your user password.
then i just dragged the icon off the dock and i think i am uninstalled with VB.