This tutorial will help you Disable Time Machine’s Local Backup feature on your Mac OS X Lion (10.7.x). This will help you wipe away your local backups of Time Machine.
As we all know by this time, Time Machine makes local copies, called Snapshots of your files to help you restore from them if something goes wrong on your Mac machine.
Time Machine backs up potential data on a stand alone Mac that does not have an external hard disk for the Mac, to take a Time Machine backup. The backups help you restore your Mac to the previous working state without any issue. But still, this takes up a lot of space on your Hard Disk.
So, here’s how you could disable the backups:
The method is really simple and you just have to execute a simple command in the terminal, and your Time Machine is disabled.
How to disable Time Machine Local backup:
- Fire up Terminal.app from Launchpad
- Type the following command:
sudo tmutil disablelocal
This will disable your Local Time Machine backup, freeing up your disk space!
But in some cases, if you want to re-enable the Time Machine Local Backups, all you need to do is to type
sudo tmutil enablelocal in the Terminal, and your Time Machine will be up and running again!
Disabling Time Machine backups will delete your backup files and You will NOT be able to recover them after deletion. Do this unless you are confident in knowing what you are doing! [/alert_box]
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