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 can I regain write permission on my Time Machine sparsebundle?

For my backup I use an encrypted virtual disk on a sparsebundle file that is stored in an external hard drive attached on a router via USB. This file is accessed via samba but for one reason I decided ...
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How do I force Time Machine to use a sparsebundle?

I have previously used a sparsebundle for my Time Machine backups by creating an image in an existing APFS volume that is local to my iMac (it's RAID), not a NAS or anything of that sort. For reasons ...
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Mounting Sparse Bundle on NFS Share

Background I have a Seagate BlackArmor NAS220 running Debian. I would like to use the NAS as a target for Time Machine backups from my Mac (2020 Mac mini M1). I have used disk utility to create a 500 ...
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Big Sur: Sparsebundle created for Time Machine shows wrong free space (APFS, HFS+,…)

I got myself a new Mac Mini M1 and wanted to store my Time Machine Backups on my Samba share. I've created several sparsebundles like mentioned everywhere on the web... with disk utility, with ...
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Why doesn't my sparsebundle report free space, with plenty to spare?

I have a Time Machine created sparsebundle (HFS+) that reports the following limits when using hdiutil resize -limits: min cur max 403186088 403186088 34359738368 That's a current size ...
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How to properly unmount image (dmg / sparsebundle)

[macOS Mojave 10.14.6] I've recently discovered r/w disk images and the particularly fascinating sparse bundle. As I understand it, an image (the .dmg or .sparsebundle itself) is "attached" ...
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How to mount .sparsebundle on file server

This is not related to Time Machine. I am seeking a file storage solution where: Only I can access the files (e.g. not iCloud) The files are encrypted I can access the file wirelessly The closest I ...
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Have raw pbundle data on drive, need it to be recognize as time machine

So I made a home-brewed linux / raspberry pi time machine more or less like this. I ended up with time machine data stored on an ext4 partition shared via samba that was successfully recognized and ...
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Unable to mount encrypted TimeMachine backupbundle using DiskImageMounter

I've been backing up two of my MacBooks to a network-accessible USB disk. The backups have been done using TimeMachine and are encrypted. One of the machines was recently damaged and unrecoverable, ...
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Why are all files missing from a .sparsebundle?

My wife has a 2020 Intel MacBook Air, and she keeps some sensitive files inside an encrypted sparsebundle file. I set this up for her years ago and it's been working fine. Yesterday, she opened the ...
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APFS Volume does not increase in size

I have an issue with an APFS volume that resides inside a SparseBundle. I tried to increase its size (similar to this: Is it possible to increase size of an APFS volume?), but failed. Unfortunately, I ...
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Does macOS Big Sur mounts sparse bundles served from a network share as Read-Only?

I have a few writable sparse bundles that are located on a network share. I can mount and modify the content of these bundles from any pre-BigSur macOS release. However, after upgrading one of my macs ...
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Copying from two sparsebundles is way too slow

I have a sparsbundle of 120 GB on a USB Key (USB 3, Kingston Data Traveller, 128 GB of space). When I mount this sparsebundle, copying to it is extremely slow (we're talking 1 hour to copy 20 GB). Is ...
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Change mounted sparsebundle to readonly from readwrite without detaching

I've got a little imbroglio with a mounted sparsebundle (my own, not a time machine backup). It is mounted readwrite (via hdiutil attach) and I'd like it to be read-only. And I am worried that ...
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mdls does not work on mounted sparse bundles

mdls does not return anything when I run it on a mounted (originally encrypted) sparse bundle: ❯ ll ./test .rw-r--r--@ 0 evar 14 Sep 18:34 ./test ❯ mdls ./test ...
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Can't delete files on sparse bundle apfs volume (“rm failed - no space left on device”)

I have a sparse bundle with an apfs volume on it. I recently filled it up with an rsync operation. Since then I cannot delete files anymore; the rm complains that the disk is full. The same happens if ...
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Is it Possible to Mount SMB share in Internet Recovery?

I'm currently setting up a Time Machine backup on a Windows Server. The simple method is to create a sparsebundle image on the Windows Share and mount that in macOS which works fine. In the past ...
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Auto-mount of the contained disk-image, when the external disk is mounted

I have one external SSD drive that automatically mounts a partition Backup. Inside Backup there is a sparse-bundle disk image called TimeMachine. Backup is not mounted to /Volume but to a specific ...
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How do I archive a Time Machine drive to disk image?

Is it possible to archive a Time Machine backup drive? I’m aiming to trash some older physical media and would like to migrate the contents to a larger drive without all the overhead that Time Machine ...
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Cannot delete a .sparsebundle on / with permissions drwxr-xr-x@ 6 root wheel

Even running commands as sudo I cannot change the permissions or delete the folder. sh-3.2# xattr -l filename.sparsebundle/ com.apple.FinderInfo: 00000000 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 20 00 00 00 00 00 ...
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Encrypted sparse bundle disk image visible in the cloud?

I have an encrypted sparse bundle disk image that I synchronize with Google Drive. When I mount this image on my local machine, is it's content also visible in the cloud (decrypted)?
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How to Recover Sparsebundle With Missing File System

I'm trying to recover data from an encrypted sparsebundle on macOS Mojave (10.14.6) that I just discovered became corrupted at some point in the past. It was created several years ago. I have the ...
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Errors backing up Photos.Sparsebundle

I've been trying to backup / copy my Photos Library.sparsebundle and keep running into issues. The original file is on a Drobo5N mount.I am trying to copy to an external SSD The Sparsebundle is ...
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Time Machine Sparse Bundle failed to verify after catalog rebuild

After reading about the fsck_hfs man page, I feel like the need to rebuild catalogs. However, when I do a repair before the rebuild, it succeeded, but then printed a lot of errors during the build, ...
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Cannot Open .Sparsebundle

My computer crashed few days ago, I took it to computer store and they told me that the logic board is damaged but the hard drive is fine. So they migrated all files from old mac to a new mac. All ...
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Requirements for restoring a Time Machine backup from a sparsebundle?

I have a Time Machine sparsebundle backup on an NTFS volume on a USB drive. When I wanted to restore from it I connected it and the volume was mounted as read-only, but I was unable to mount the ...
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Is there a reason to prefer HFS+ over APFS for disk images in High Sierra and/or Mojave?

I'm creating small encrypted disk images (under 10 GB) to be used to secure and transfer data between systems running High Sierra (for now) and Mojave. Are there any technical reasons to prefer HFS+ (...
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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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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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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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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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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 - --...