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I have just installed Time Capsule and my first attempt to back up my MacBook resulted
in a backup size of 370GB. I cancelled
the backup and spent time deleting old and unused files and applications and excluding
those items that I don’t need to backup which has resulted in a reduction of estimated
backup size to about 50GB. But now, a Time Machine backup shows a size of 470GB
which seems ridiculous as I have manually transferred all my photos and music off
the Mac and onto an external HD. Does
anyone know what could be using such a large amount of storage and how do I get
Time Machine to only backup the data on the Mac?

MacBook Pro with Retina display, macOS High Sierra (10.13.2)

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Feb 25, 2018 5:33 PM in response to stephen__m In response to stephen__m

Very hard to control Time Machine.. and unreliable since Sierra.. Frankly I would simply not pursue it.

Tell us if you are desperate to try.. but your best bet is using a local disk for Time Machine backup. For network backup use alternative backup software.


The best idea really is to download and tryout Carbon Copy Cloner.


Much better and easier to control.

Feb 25, 2018 5:33 PM

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