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Discussion in 'MacBook' started by kage207, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. kage207 macrumors 6502a

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    So I have 300MB left on my MacBook. I found the large file on my computer. It takes up 67GB worth of my memory out of 90GB because I had to partition my HDD for Windows cause I needed to run some Windows programs for my C++ class.

    It says it is a Sparse Disk Image Bundle.
    Below is a screen shot of Get Info of the file. I want to get rid of it because it is taking up so much memory on my HDD but can't figure out how to get rid of it.
     

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  2. iShater macrumors 604

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    umm, are you using filevault? that looks like a home directory image.
     
  3. kage207 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think it is file vault and I went to go turn it off but I need another 8GB which I don't have to get rid of it.
     
  4. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think FileVault uses SparceImages anymore, but Time Machine does.
     
  5. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    Ive seen people say filevault can be more of a hassle than its worth...
    I wanted to turn mine on when I first got my Mac but pretty much got talked out of it by people here.
    Hope you get it figured out!
     
  6. kage207 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My time Machine is on my external not my main HDD. :confused:
     
  7. iShater macrumors 604

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    That has all the files for that user, if you deleted you lose everything in there. FV doesn't take any more space. Even if you were not running it, it looks like you just have too many files in that user home directory/music/movies/etc.

    Log in as that user and see which folders are taking most of your space.

    It still does AFAIK.

    Why would TM use a local HD? :confused:
     
  8. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    A Sparse image is a type of disk image file that can be created under Mac OS X using Disk Utility. Encrypted sparse image files are used to secure a user's home directory by Mac OS X's FileVault feature.
    Unlike a full image file (.dmg), which takes up as much actual space as the real disk it represents (regardless of the amount of unused space), a sparse image file (.sparseimage) takes up only as much actual disk space as the data contained within.
     
  9. kage207 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Um, this is the program I'm using to point me in the direction of what files are taking up the most memory.
    So I have no idea what to do with that file. It's weird.
     

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  10. iShater macrumors 604

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    Basically your user, pmcavoy89, has a HOME directory of 67 files. If that is the account you login into on your Mac, then you probably just see a home directory and don't really see this file.

    Is it your login name?
     

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