Weird file taking up alot of space

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  1. jonomo macrumors regular

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    I'm trying to free up some space and something called "sparsebundle" file is taking up 20gigs... what is this file? Can I delete it?
     
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  3. Ccrew macrumors 68020

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    sparsebundle is a timemachine image....
     
  4. jonomo thread starter macrumors regular

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    How can I get rid or it? Or can I get rid of it? I don't even use Timemachine on that laptop ... :S
     
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  6. jonomo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Timemachine is off and I've never used it before on this computer.
     
  7. sammich macrumors 601

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    Alright, so where is this folder located? Home folder?
     
  8. jonomo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes it is in my home folder.
     
  9. sammich macrumors 601

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    Forgot to ask this before, but what name does it have and where in the home folder is it?
     
  10. jonomo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oddly enough i went from 20 to 12 gigs when I just tested it today... what is this thing?!?!
     

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  11. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    A sparse bundle is an expanding disk image, normally they hold applicaitons that you download off of the Internet, or DVD images/etc.

    It seems like you have created this, and then forgotten about it. Double click it to open it and see what is inside! If you don't need it, delete it.
     
  12. Krevnik macrumors 68040

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    Odds are, if FileVault is enabled, it's already open.

    FileVault uses encrypted sparse disk images to encrypt your home folder. It then mounts them in place of your home folder when you log in. The location and size matches up.
     
  13. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    Never dealt with FV, so I'm not too sure! It's clearly in a hidden user folder in /Users. I would have imagined that it would need a password to open (assuming, like you said, it wasn't already opened). FV makes sense then I guess, but at 12GB, I'm not very used to seeing things that small - given that my Library folder alone is +100GB ;)
     
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