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Questions tagged [sparsebundle]

Type of disk image commonly used on macOS systems

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Mounting sparsebundle file yields blank ContainerToInvert file

I have a system backup locked away in a .sparsebundle file on my desktop (it was extracted from my broken laptop's SSD). When I try to mount the .sparsebundle file, it mounts as a disk image ...
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MacOS: 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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APFS encrypted sparsebundle won't fully compact

I have an APFS encrypted sparsebundle saved on my HD. It is not a time machine backup, rather something I created and maintain manually. On occasion I perform an hdiutil compact to reclaim HD space. ...
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Why is Windows finding malware in a sparsebundle?

I'm copying over a sparsebundle containing some Time Machine backups from my mac onto my Windows machine's drive. While copying, Windows Defender starts complaining about a threat called Exploit:Win32/...
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Disable .DS_Store, Spotlight and other metadata on Mac disk image

I store my files (plaintext) on an encrypted Sparse Bundle Disk Image and backup this image (the ciphertext) with Rsync to another server. Sparse Bundle Disk Images create 8 MiB files ("bands") to ...
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How to efficiently restore all RAW photos from sparsebundle/time machine backups?

I got into a problem were a large number of my raw photos have been deleted over time but I'm pretty sure they are on my time machine backup, but manually using OSX timewarp UI to go and find these ...
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Can I “recreate” a sparsebundle?

I am using Google Drive, and have downloaded the application to my MacBook (I'm running the latest version of Mavericks). I have uploaded an encrypted .sparsebundle to Drive (the file itself is over ...
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Syncing Multiple Macs using Time Capsule

Can I use one backup (.sparsebundle) and sync to other Macs? Can I migrate my files scheduled from my primary Mac to secondary Mac using Migration Assistant or other tools?
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How to safely back up a sparsebundle that is exported via afpd?

I have several OSX client machines that back up via TimeMachine to AFP shares on an Ubuntu Linux server, exported by netatalk/afpd. These clients back up at arbitrary times of the day, every day. ...
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OSX Encrypted Sparsebundle Image keeps making small file changes

I've created an encrypted sparsebundle image to store some files that I want to keep safe in my Google Drive. However, I noticed, that even when just mounting this image and reading files (simple text ...
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Stop Mac OS X disk image from being mounted automatically when files on them are accessed

I have a program that, every time it is launched, tries to read a file stored on a disk image (a sparse bundle, to be exact). If the disk image is not mounted, the program automatically attempts to ...
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can sparsebundles be locked to make them read-only?

With sparseimage files, I can set the Locked attribute in 'Get Info' to prevent modifying its content. Doing so with sparsebundles has no effect it seems. At the moment I'm storing my sparsebundle ...
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Is there a way to drop a new file into an encrypted folder in OS X without mounting it?

What I'd like to do is have a encrypted bundle that I can throw my financial documents into. But I don't want it mounted all the time for security reasons, and it's a pain to click on it, type in the ...
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Time machine not recognizing sparsebundle

I've created a sparsebundle just as suggested at http://www.readynas.com/?p=253; however, Time Machine fails to recognize the mounted image. The sparseimage is stored on an external drive, and I ...
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Apple has “sparse bundles” but not sparse files?

Backstory: I use a Mac (10.6.4), and to this day when I download a torrent using Vuze, no matter what configuration I try Vuze allocates space for the entire file before it starts downloading said ...
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Mounting a sparsebundle in OS X (specifically Time Machine)

I have a (not critical) problem, that seems to have been introduced with 10.6.4. I backup using Time Machine to an Airport disk (same as a Time Capsule). But if I mount the sparsebundle image ...
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Is it possible to browse a Time Machine sparsebundle file on a non Mac OS X system

(e.g. Linux) - command line or tool is fine. Time Machine backups on local disks are just folders with softlinks, so they are easy to browse.