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.SPARSEBUNDLE File Extension

File TypeMac OS X Sparse Bundle

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CategoryDisk Image Files


File format categories include Binary, Text, XML, and Zip. The format of this file type has not been determined.

What is a SPARSEBUNDLE file?

Macintosh disk image format introduced in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard; based off the .SPARSEIMAGE format, but is made up of "bands" instead of individual files; contains mountable directories saved in 8MB chunks.

More Information

To create a new sparse bundle image file, click the "New Image" button in Disk Utility. Then select "sparse bundle disk image" from the Image Format drop-down menu.

NOTE: In Mac OS 10.5, both FileVault and Time Machine use the SPARSEBUNDLE format. FileVault uses encrypted sparse bundles to secure the home directory. Time Machine creates sparse bundles and only backs up the 8MB chunks that have changed since the last backup.

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Programs that open SPARSEBUNDLE files
Apple Disk Utility
Apple DiskImageMounter
Updated 9/18/2008

.SPARSEBUNDLE Extension Information

This page contains information about the file extension SPARSEBUNDLE and its known file associations. Our goal is to help you understand what a *.sparsebundle file is and how to open it.

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