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Today, I noticed another mounted volume on my computer:

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This volume is the size of my whole hard disk. I can only see it in the iStat widget. I cannot see it in Finder or the Terminal.

$diskutil list
/dev/disk0
#:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *128.0 GB   disk0
1:                        EFI                         209.7 MB   disk0s1
2:                  Apple_HFS Macintosh HD            127.2 GB   disk0s2
3:                 Apple_Boot Recovery HD             650.0 MB   disk0s3

The name seems as if it is an encrypted volume. However, I don't have anything encrypted on this Mac.

  • Where is this from?

(I hope this is not a bug of iStat Pro which showed me this.)

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diskutil list will show you all the Lion core storage volumes and might be of use. The df command shows more network mounted volumes and will probably allow you to match that long string of characters to the storage structure used for MobileBackups in time machine.

mac:~ mike$ diskutil list
/dev/disk0
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *500.1 GB   disk0
   1:                        EFI                         209.7 MB   disk0s1
   2:                  Apple_HFS mac                     499.2 GB   disk0s2
   3:                 Apple_Boot Recovery HD             650.0 MB   disk0s3
/dev/disk1
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:     Apple_partition_scheme                        *1.8 MB     disk1
   1:        Apple_partition_map                         32.3 KB    disk1s1
   2:                  Apple_HFS Google Chrome 17.0.9... 1.7 MB     disk1s2
mac:~ mike$ df
Filesystem                        512-blocks      Used Available Capacity  Mounted on
/dev/disk0s2                       975093952 837212344 137369608    86%    /
devfs                                    366       366         0   100%    /dev
map -hosts                                 0         0         0   100%    /net
map auto_home                              0         0         0   100%    /home
/dev/disk1s2                            3412      3412         0   100%    /private/tmp/UpdateEngine-mount.yzrVRXvfxf
localhost:/J91gqbWGFXawS6VmjrAKYp  975093952 975093952         0   100%    /Volumes/MobileBackups
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This volume does not appear when using this command. :( –  gentmatt Mar 11 '12 at 18:59
    
Oh well. After a reboot, I've checked the volume again. It changed it's name to MobileBackups like you assumed. :) –  gentmatt Mar 11 '12 at 19:06
    
Thanks! df does show this volume. –  gentmatt Mar 11 '12 at 19:14
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