About my Mac Storage states that I have used 173 GB of my hard drive in backups.

Where are these? My iPhoto library disappeared, and I have been unable to restore through Time Machine because it says I don't have enough space. How can I free the storage or find the backups to restore the iPhoto library.

OS X 10.9.5

  • Did you check the Trash?
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 26, 2014 at 11:05

1 Answer 1


Open the Terminal.app and type sudo du -k | awk '$1 > 500000' | sort -nr, this command will search for all Directories bigger than 500MB and sort them by size. So you should find the Location to your Backups.

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