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Question: file view or sparsebundle?

Why is my Time Machine backing up my hard drive to a sparsebundle? My original back up us to a folder/file format. I just bought an airport time captule and as I look, it is putting files/folders in a sparsebundle. I am rummin OS 10.12.6

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Time Machine has always backed up differently on local disks cf network drives.


The TC is network drive.. Apple uses Sparsebundle (a form of virtual disk) to enable several Macs to use the same target on the network. (The Time Capsule disk cannot be partitioned).

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Mar 13, 2018 9:51 AM in response to Vagust Lahmer In response to Vagust Lahmer

Time Machine has always backed up differently on local disks cf network drives.


The TC is network drive.. Apple uses Sparsebundle (a form of virtual disk) to enable several Macs to use the same target on the network. (The Time Capsule disk cannot be partitioned).

Mar 13, 2018 9:51 AM

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Mar 13, 2018 9:56 AM in response to LaPastenague In response to LaPastenague

Thank you for the answer. I understand. I just started using my Airport TC after years of using TC to back up to an external HD. I guess it's of equal value except for the cost of using WiFi. 🙂 Thanks again.

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