wondering about the amount of space on my macbook

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by smallbeans, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. smallbeans macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2008

    when I connect my MacBook to my iMac to transfer files over (using target disk mode), a sparsebundle of my macbook files shows up as a mounted disk image, along with the yellow external hard drive icon on my desktop. The yellow icon says i have about 80GB total, but the mounted disk image (white) says i have 120GB total on it. Does that mean i have more space than i originally thought? (i thought it had 80GB on it)
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    If you have a 120 GB sparsebundle, it only takes up as much space as the files within it. The 120 GB is just the maximum amount of data that the bundle can contain. So it's entirely possible to have a spacebundle/sparseimage that's larger than the hard drive it's on.

    You can verify the size of your hard disk in Disk Utility or System Profiler.

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