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10.5: Fix Time Machine sparse images with Disk Utility System 10.5
I don't know how long this capability has been available since I didn't need it until today. Disk Utility in OS X 10.5.3 can now repair a networked Sparse image bundle without mounting it.

Locate the sparse image bundle on the networked drive; the image file will be named ComputerName_MAC-address.sparsebundle. Drag the sparsebundle file into the left column of Disk Utility. Now,select it and click Repair Disk on the First Aid tab. Depending on the size of the file, this could take a few hours to repair. This is, however, much nicer than having to remember the command line procedure!
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10.5: Fix Time Machine sparse images with Disk Utility
Authored by: deviantintegral on Jun 05, '08 08:50:17AM

This worked in at least 10.5.2. However, I've very rarely been able to repair images. In my case, the first corruption was caused by my laptop hanging while running a backup, and the second was caused by issues with my file server. It's too bad I can't take a snapshot of my TM image at a given state without wasting a lot of disk space :(.



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10.5: Fix Time Machine sparse images with Disk Utility
Authored by: carmst on Jun 05, '08 10:46:05AM

Didn't work for me in 10.5.2! My time machine image corrupted a few times running 10.5.2, usually due to the mac going to sleep during the backup, and it required fsck_hfs with the -r switch (catalog btree rebuild) to repair successfully each time. Disk Utility always failed to repair the image. I assume that's the change in 10.5.3, Disk Utility now runs fsck_hfs with -r.

My sparse bundle hasn't corrupted either since the update 10.5.3, so maybe that's fixed too!



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10.5: Fix Time Machine sparse images with Disk Utility
Authored by: eliotw on Nov 14, '08 09:19:43PM

I discovered that if the spare image file has an apostrophe in its name you can't drop it onto Disk Utility (10.5.5). I removed that single quote from the filename and the hint worked as expected, but disk utility was still unable to repair the image.



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