MacMost Now 57: Archiving Large Drives

Gary Rosenzweig shows you how to use Disk Utility to create a sparse image and archive large amounts of data on to it. This is useful for backing up entire Macs.

Comments: 2 Responses to “MacMost Now 57: Archiving Large Drives”

    Satish
    11 years ago

    Hi Gary,

    I have recently switched to mac and started to watch your podcast which is very useful. Thank you for your efforts. I have a question about this episode though.
    Why should you create a virtual drive? Can’t you create a new folder on the hard disk and put all the files to be backed up in that folder? What is the benefit of the virtual drive?

    Thanks,
    Satish

    11 years ago

    Satish: One benefit is that the virtual drive is seen as a single file, instead of a folder full of files that can contain hundreds or thousands. So when the virtual disk image in not mounted, it is just a single item. That helps with organization, and with drive speed.

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