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Currently in About This Mac, I'm seeing 43.05 GB of 128.47 GB of Backups.

About this Mac

However, in Disk Inventory X, I do not see these backups:

Disk Inv

I want to delete these Backups as I do not need them anymore, how should I go about doing this?

Info: MacBook Air mid 2011

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You may notice a difference in available space statistics between Disk Utility, Finder, and Get Info inspectors. This is expected and can be safely ignored. The Finder displays the available space on the disk without accounting for the local snapshots, because local snapshots will surrender their disk space if needed.

This also applies to Disk Inventory X. Local snapshots are hidden from view and you don't need to think about them. They will be deleted automatically when disk space drops below a certain percentage (20%, I believe).

You can enter Time Machine and remove the snapshots from there but you should not do this. They don't really take any space, since they give it up immediately when needed, and backups are a good thing.

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Yea this is what I figured. – Mike Hagstrom Sep 25 '12 at 1:32

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