2 types of time machine backups ?

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  1. stuartrozier macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2011

    i was looking on my external was drive to delete some backups, (another issue for this - TM is asking for more room)

    aside from this ... i came across the time machine backup file on the was drive pictured below as a 'sparse bundle'
    i then looked at a second time machine backup i have on a external drive (always good to have more than one), and thats being saved in a normal folder ? pictured below ...

    does anybody know why this might be ?

    many thanks in advance

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  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    When you backup with Time Machine to a local disk like a USB drive, it puts the backup inside a Backups.backupdb file.

    When you backup with TM to a networked drive, it uses that same Backups.backupdb file, but puts it inside a sparse bundle file. That is what you are seeing in your screenshot. I assume you made that sparse bundle backup over the network.

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