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Questions tagged [sparsebundle]

A type of disk image which uses bands to store files thereby allowing the disk image to expand in size automatically.

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How to remove files from a sparsebundle file (previous Time Machine image)?

I have a sparsebundle file that I pulled off of an old Time Machine backup disk. I'd like to save the file if possible, but remove the media files from it (movies, music, etc.) because those are ...
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Why is fsck_hfs slow on *journaled* HFS+

Sometimes my external drives get uncleanly detached, and at the next connection a disk check is necessary. What surprises me now is to see a slow disk check process on a journaled filesystem. ...
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Repairing TimeMachine sparsebundle

I have a Time Machine sparsebundle from an old Mac that I'd like to get access to, but am having trouble repairing it to a point where I can mount the image. It was created to back up a machine ...
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Time machine backup to a .sparsebundle on USB drive?

I noticed that when I migrated from backing up over USB to SMB that Time Machine started using sparse bundles for backup. I was unsuccessful in using this bundle as a backup drive when connecting to ...
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Mounting password-protected sparsebundle doesn't ask for password

I have an encrypted, password-protected sparsebundle that I occasionally mount and unmount from the terminal. I want the system to ask for the password every time I mount it, but for some reason it ...
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Unable to eject disk images or drives in High Sierra

I am running a MacBook Pro Early 2015 13" on High Sierra 10.13.5, and keep getting the "X disk cannot be ejected because one or more programs might be using it" message, when apparently there is no ...
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SparseImage - Illegal Byte Sequence - HDID / Mac OS mounting

I have an sparseImage that was created on High sierra but when I was loading it for the first time on a new machine, lost power as it was mounting. Now when I try to load it by double clicking the ...
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2012 MBP, restored from Time Machine, and now the restored MBP can't continue backing up to the AirPort Extreme Time Capsule

I restored my TM backup when 10.13.4 tanked my 3rd monitor, to the last backup of 10.13.3. I have a mid 2012 MBP with a 1TB SSD. I use an Apple AirPort Extreme (5th gen?), with a 2TB drive. I had ...
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Recover data in Sparsebundle disk Image

I'm afraid I'm out of luck but... I followed the directions in various places, # hdiutil -nomount -noverify -noautofsck SecureRecords.sparsebundle /dev/disk1 # fsck_hfs -drfy /dev/disk1 ...
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Time Machine sparsebundle will not mount and does not show 3 partitions under attach

I have an old ~250gb Time Machine sparse bundle from a 2012 backup (obviously different macOS version than now) and I don’t get three partitions when running the usual recommended commands to repair: ...
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sparsebundle reverting to read-only

I have a wireless drive [WD My Passport Pro] and of course I want to encrypt it, but of course there's no way to encrypt the actual drive with FDE and still have it recognized by the Passport's ...
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Time Machine complains that Sparsebundle hosted with Samba is write protected

I started hosting a sparsebundle full of existing Time Machine backups on a Samba share. When I now try to make backups with Time Machine over the network, it complains that the image is write ...
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Are .sparsebundle files _alive_?

Even if I don't do anything with the files in a .sparsebundle, just having a .sparsebundle open, it seems it is alive. Let me explain. I regularly backup my main .sparsebundle (that sits on my ...
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Possible to reconstruct sparsebundle from bands folder only?

I have an encrypted sparsebundle from mid-2013. I am aware of the encryption type (AES-256) and the passphrase used to create the sparsebundle. Unfortunately, dropbox has somehow deleted all but the ...
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Is there anything more secure than a password protected SparseImage against state actors?

If you had to secure important document in an encrypted, yet easily accessible format from state actors; would there be anything better than an password protected sparseimage? I used to use ...
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For the purposes of archival uploading to Google Drive/Dropbox/Etc, what are the differences between DMG and SparseImages?

I recently have a large amount of data I needed to upload into Google Drive. I decided to use Disk Utility to create a container for it (otherwise Google Drive would have to create many files and ...
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Can I have Windows share disk space with macOS?

I want to dual boot between macOS and Windows 10. But I don't want to give each a fixed amount of disk space, which is hard to change later. I instead want to keep it flexible so that at some times, ...
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Can I delete /System folders in Time Machine backups to save space?

I've had my Time Machine backup volume (sparsebundle) for a couple of years now and it's become quite large. Since it is very easy to delete old backups of certain directories in the GUI I was ...
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Resizing sparsebundle in Disk Utility

I want to resize (shrink) the capacity of the backup.sparsebundle to approx. the size actually taken up the files. What I did thus far I already compacted the image: # hdiutil compact backup....
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Encrypted sparsebundle password appears to be cached

I use this command to mount an encrypted volume: hdiutil mount ~/Documents/secret.sparsebundle/ On first use I'm prompted for a password. I then close it either by clicking 'eject' in finder or the ...
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Can I make a directory on OS X appear as a volume so I can backup using Super Duper?

I use Lightroom and keep my library on an external hard drive. After I quit Lightroom I use SuperDuper! to back up that external hard drive to an identical external hard drive. I also have two ...
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Why is Time Machine backing up to .sparsebundle file?

In the past, I had used only an external hard drive for my backups. It worked great, and it backed up to folders, in a way that I could go to individual files in the backup. I decided that since I was ...
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Sparsebundle is reported to be 16mb but actually empty

I have a sparsebundle which I made for some documents, and Finder reports its size at 16mb. The capacity I created it with is 41mb, at least that is its reported capacity. It is encrypted; when I ...
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Time Machine sparsebundle mounting problems

Problem I have a Time Machine backup which contains a lot of valuable information and I'm trying to access it. What's the problem? I'm trying to mount it and nothing1 happens. Nothing happens? So I ...
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Time Machine - move backup from local disk to network volume. Wrong case sensitivity?

I am trying to move a Time Machine backup from a Firewire disk (called disk1) directly connected to a computer to a network share, that is, from a folder in/on /Disk1/Backup.backupdb to a sparsebundle/...
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Sparse bundle on NAS - can't open “Resource temporarily unavailable”

I just got a new Lacie NAS with their NAS OS 4. After making an initial Time Machine backup to this device I wanted to mount the resulting (encrypted) disk image but when doing so I just received an ...
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Sparsebundle backups displayed as folders with cryptic name on network drive

I just updated from Yosemite to El Capitan. I have two backups, one being done with Time Machine and one with Carbon Copy Cloner. Both sparsebundles are stored on a NAS (Synology DS213). After the ...
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Time Machine failing with (null) error

I'm getting the following after about half an hour of Preparing Backup: Setting security information: Operation not permitted Error processing extended attributes: Input/output error Error moving - --...
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Opening of encrypted sparse bundle in El Capitan very slow

I have a 76GB encrypted sparse bundle on the rMBP SSD drive. Mounting it by double clicking it in Finder was pretty much immediate in Yosemite. With El Capitan a popup appears with "Verifying 'name ...
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Trouble using Time Machine with SMB share in OSX El Capitan

I'm having problems using and SMB share in my local network as a time machine destination. I followed the tutorials widely available on the internet but in the end when I open the Time Machine app I ...
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Apple's “sparse bundle” format documentation

I have on my hands a corrupted disk drive with a legacy FileVault image (.sparsebundle directory) and want to attempt to recover it. However, publicly available information I could find on this ...
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How do I change the password on a Time Machine backup image?

I've tried using Disk Utility, but after entering the current password, I get a small dialog reading Unable to change password for “$image.” (Inappropriate ioctl for device). I've also tried hdiutil ...
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Why is my empty sparsbundle so big (1,5 GB)?

I just followed the instructions here to create a encrypted sparseimage for Time Machine backups. The empty sparsebundle ended up being 1.4 GB (and after enabling encryption it grow to 1.6GB). Why is ...
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Mount sparse bundle with a WD My Cloud EX2 NAS

I use Time Machine with a NAS. It works well and it mounts a disk image when doing backup or when I enter Time Machine. When the disk image is mounted, I can access all the directories of my backups. ...
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Time Machine restore does not recognize sparsebundle password

I am trying to do a time machine system restore from an encrypted sparse bundle. I have a mac with OS X 10.10.2 and the sparse bundle is on a time capsule. I rebooted with cmd+R and selected “Restore ...
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Not possible to create a sparsebundle image on a SMB mounted Volume

I'm trying to create a sparse bundle image from Disk Utility directly on my NAS (through a mounted smb volume): I then get the following error after a few seconds: Creating a sparseimage the same ...
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John the Ripper and sparsebundle password help

Around January 2014, my original hdd died on me, I bought a new hard drive and let the old one sit. Got myself an external enclosure recently, to recover my old work, only to realize my main folder ...
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Increase size of sparsebundle for TimeMachine

I am using a sparsebundle store on a linux server. It worked well until today. Today Time Machine tells me that the size of the sparsebundle (500gb) is not sufficient. So I use hdiutil command for ...
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mount encrypted sparseimage as home directory before login

There are several ways (loginhook, launchdaemon etc.) to automount a sparsebundle before logging in, but there's none without writing down the password in plaintext for automount an encrypted ...
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How to access a FileVault-encrypted home directory with forgotten password

For ease of the reader, the short version: MacBook Pro running Mountain Lion. A user has forgotten his FileVault password and master recovery code. FileVault 2 is not enabled, just the user's home ...
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Is a SuperDuper sparsebundle secure?

I am backing up my computer to a sparse bundle on a USB drive attached to my airport extreme. If someone were to steal this drive, would they have access to the full contents of the image, or is it ...
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How do I mount a sparsebundle disk image that was created on another machine attached to the network?

I have a NAS drive attached to my router that is configured as Raid5. I also have three Mac's attached to that same router. In the Public folder on the NAS drive, I created a sparsebundle disk image ...
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Error when mounting sparse bundle from terminal

I picked up this command on how to open a disk image and have the password prompt in the terminal window (useful for remote mounting):hdiutil attach -stdinpass /path/to/image source However, it's not ...
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time machine recover from specific sparsbundle

My time machine has three sparsebundles. Obviously something wen wrong long time ago. I am also missing files for a while and most probably they are in the oldest sparsebundle. How do I access a ...
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How can I mount a Time Machine sparsebundle so I can modify it?

TL;DR: I have a Time Machine backup that I want to modify before running Migration Assistant, but when I try to delete a directory from it either with rm or unlink I get "operation not permitted". How ...
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Can I mount an encrypted image BEFORE Finder loads?

I have most of my ~ folder on an encrypted sparse bundle disk image. I have it set to automount via Prefs>Users, but it loads AFTER Finder, so my Desktop is blank unless I force-relaunch Finder. Is ...
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Automounting & fix permissions for home folder on encrypted sparse bundle?

For security on a shared machine, I've moved my entire home folder to an encrypted sparse bundle disk image. I then set my User settings home folder to the image. But along the way, I believe ...
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In Disk Utility, what advantages do “read/write disk image”s have over “sparse bundle disk image”s?

If I want a read/write disk image, then aren't sparse bundle disk images always the way to go? They start at 0 kb in size, and grow to accommodate whatever you add to them, and if you delete stuff, ...
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Backing up Time Machine sparsebundles to another server

So, a while ago I backed up a couple of different Macs to my Linux-based fileserver. As a network Time Machine, each Mac has a separate sparsebundle file containing all of its information. I've since ...
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Script to unmount mounted image automatically after some time

I have a sparse image that can be mounted as an encrypted volume. I want to make sure it doesn't stay mounted once I am done using it. To get help doing that, I had earlier asked this question, but ...