I typed

sudo tmutil listlocalsnapshots /

in terminal and entered the password. However, nothing happened. I suppose tmutil to return all local snapshots on my computer, but it only returns xxxs-MacBook-Pro-3:~ xxx$.

Does that mean there is no local snapshots in my computer? I don't believe it. My Mac has updated to High Sierra and my external hard drive fails to backup because Time Machine could not create a local snapshot.

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    Why don't you believe there are no local snapshots? Do you have any located here: /Volumes/com.apple.TimeMachine.localsnapshots/ – Scot Jan 2 '18 at 6:03
  • I have similar issue & also when I use the command 'sudo tmutil snapshot' I get an error saying system failed to create local snapshot. I updated from Sierra to High Sierra on cloned external ssd....might this have created the relevant issues? – Nigel Feb 3 '18 at 1:58
  • @Nigel Hi there, probably there are really no local snapshots LOL. I discovered that there was a file of photos which occupied 30GB of my laptop storage. I backed them up and deleted them and my computer is fine now. – user214969 Feb 7 '18 at 20:56

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