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Script to delete huge sparsebundle images
Authored by: JohnsonCW on Dec 13, '12 06:53:28AM

Thanks! A VirtualBox hosted image of Windows 7 did the trick for me and I probably would not have considered using Windows without your comment.

My Time Capsule resident sparsebundle was 628GB -- I couldn't even "ls" the "bands" directory from Terminal much less open the directory in Finder. "rm -rfv" ran for 8 hours with no visible effect.

Switching to Windows, I was able to use Windows Explorer to mount the Time Capsule share and *delete* (as opposed to "recycle") the sparsebundle file. After about 30 minutes of "Calculating ...", it finally started deleting 80,467 items (which I presume is the about the number of bands + control files). It's not done yet (18+ hours and 260GB remaining) but it's making steady progress.

Seems like it's time for me to learn to proactively prune my backup tree before it gets so large.



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