"Sparse" disk images?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by DeadSirius, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. DeadSirius macrumors member

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    The Help topics for Disk Utility are not all too helpful regarding sparse disk images, as opposed to read/write images. What exactly is a sparse image?
     
  2. TBi macrumors 68030

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    A sparse disk image is one that only takes up as much space as needed by the contents. As opposed to a regular one which will always take up as much space as you specify.
     
  3. noaccess macrumors 6502

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    Don't mean to barge in, after all I'm not the OP, but why do you still have to set a sparse disk image size?
     
  4. TBi macrumors 68030

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    Well presumably that's the max size the image can be.

    I just guessed that though, seeing as it makes sense... however you can go google it if you want :)
     

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