On my MacBook's 'About This Mac' pane there is a section that is taking up a lot of storage it is titled 'Backups'. Now I do use a Time Capsule but I don't know why it would be labeled under my MacBook's hard drive. Can anyone help me identify and solve this problem? Here is a screenshot of what I see. About This Mac Pane

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Those might be Local Backups Feature of Time Machine.

Local snapshots complement regular Time Machine backups that are stored on your external disk or Time Capsule by creating a local backup on your startup disk when your normal backup drive is not available. This provides you with a "safety net" for times when you might be away from your external backup disk or Time Capsule but accidentally delete a file. When your normal backup is available again, Time Machine copies the local snapshot contents from your startup disk to your normal backup drive.

Read the link above for detailed explanation.

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    Now I don't have to erase my whole hard drive and potentially cause myself problems.
    – Tre S
    Dec 27, 2014 at 23:56
  • wiki.summercode.com/how_to_disable_mobile_backups_on_lion if you need to disable it
    – iskra
    Dec 28, 2014 at 0:29
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    @iskra feel free to reward the OP with points if the question was clear and detailed and you answered it. Just common curtsey.
    – Ruskes
    Dec 28, 2014 at 1:25

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