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.SPARSEIMAGE File Extension

File TypeMac OS X Sparse Image

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

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
Mac
Apple Disk Utility
Apple DiskImageMounter
Updated 9/18/2008

About SPARSEIMAGE Files

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