What is sparse image bundle?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by AmateurMacGuy, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. AmateurMacGuy macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2013
    I wanted to install Xubuntu on my late 2008 Macbook air and I found this file taking up 47 GB on my drive that ended with .sparsebundle. Can anyone explain to me what this file actually is? If I deleted it, would it do anything bad to my computer?
  2. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    It's your Time Machine backup. It sounds like you have had at some point Time Machine running and it created backups of a device. You can delete it if you don't need the backups.
  3. Mike Oxard, Oct 20, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2013

    Mike Oxard macrumors 6502a

    Mike Oxard

    Oct 22, 2009
    It's not necessarily a Time Machine backup, sparse images can be created for other reasons, you can create them yourself in Disk Utility.

    e.g. It could be an old iDisk loacl folder that was backed up to your drive when iDisk service ended.
  4. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas

    If you don't need the space immediately, just leave it alone. Local snapshots are self-policing and they'll only take up space when it's available - if space gets tight, Time Machine will clear out snapshots to free up room.
  5. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2008
    USA (Virginia)
    A sparse bundle is a type of disk image file.

    You should be able to mount it by double-clicking it in Finder. Then you can take a look at its contents to get a clue as to what it is.

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