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.SPARSEIMAGE File Extension

File TypeMac OS X Sparse Image

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CategoryDisk Image Files

What is an SPARSEIMAGE file?

Disk image file type created with Apple's Disk Utility program (included with Mac OS X); similar to a standard Apple Disk Image (.DMG) file, but only takes up the amount of space of the data contained within the disk image.

More Information

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

NOTE: Apple's FileVault feature initially used encrypted sparse image files to secure a user's home directory. Newer versions of FileVault use the .SPARSEBUNDLE format.

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Programs that open SPARSEIMAGE files

Apple DiskImageMounter
Updated 9/18/2008


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