How to free up space on your Mac by deleting old backups

Did you know that Time Machine stores a backup on your local hard drive if it can’t connect to your laptop’s backup drive? Those backups can consume a fair amount of space (say, 100GB or so) over time.

If you use Time Machine, take a few minutes to read this post from Lory Gil. You’ll learn how to disable and re-enable those locally stored Time Machine backups.

And if you are wondering where on your machine those backups are stored, start here. That article is a few years old but, as far as I know, still accurate.



  • James Hughes

    Shouldn’t the title really say: “How to free up space on your Mac laptop by deleting old backups”?

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  • lucascott

    the issue is even easier to fix. plug in your backup drive. the system will copy the backups over to the drive and delete them off the computer. so now you have more space AND a backup of your stuff