Hello TidBits/Mac/Apple experts:
I routinely use CCC to back up my drives, in this case most notably, my Mac-HD for my MBP (2019) (Intel) running 11.6.2 Big Sur, and, my Mac-HD for my Mac-Mini (2020) (M1) also running 11.6.2.
Typically, after a CCC backup has concluded, I check the overall change compared to the previous backup (mostly in terms of how much more was backed up, storage-wise, compared with the previous backup). Usually, this is a modest, incremental change in storage. No big deal. (Usually !!)
However, recently, on my MBP, I was doing a comparison of current backup vs. previous backup, and noticed there was a HUGE difference in storage, approximately 12GB. This comparison was quite alarming to me.
After some investigation, I discovered that the “Install macOS Monterey” app had been downloaded between subsequent CCC backups.
The problem is: I did not intend for this downloading behavior to happen, and did not ask for it to happen (or, at least, as far as I know, I did not ask for it). (On the silver-lining side, at least the app did not begin running.)
BTW, My settings are the same for my Mac-Mini, and my MBP (shown below), and this behavior did not occur on my Mac-Mini.
Mac sw update preferences 24Jan2022.pdf (202.0 KB)
[Possibly not able to paste/attach the actual image of the sw-update settings, so in prose:
I have only the following selected, under “advanced” in SW-Updates: “Check for updates”, and, “Install system data files and security updates”.]
Can someone give me a good explanation of what is going on here ???