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    Feb 05, 2012
    How do I reduce the size of a dmg disk?
    I created a dmg with disk utility with the capacity of 44GB to store files a while back but now i've started deleting files and I would like to reduce the size of the disk. Is there a way I can do this?

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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
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    Do you mean you created a 44GB partition on your hard drive?

    Disk Utility will do this but there is always a chance the partition may be erased. Suggest making a clone on an external drive and then you can change the partition size and copy files back of necessary.
    Last edited by harryb2448; 05-04-2014 at 07:31 PM.
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    No the .dmg will stay the same size as you delete files from it. What you need to do is to make a new .dmg with the files you have left and delete the 44GB .dmg.
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    Nov 15, 2009
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    Have you considered using a sparse bundle. When the file is created a limit is set and the size of the file can fluctuate up to that limit.

    How to create a dynamically resizable disk image in OS X - CNET
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    Member Since
    Feb 05, 2012
    thanks for the replies, i'll try and make a new disk with sparse bundle

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