Broken iDisk syncing

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Reader G.S. Khalsa’s hard drive is being consumed out of all proportion to its contents. Reader Khalsa wonders why in this message:

The .sparsebundle file on my Mac grows and grows until I finally get a full disk message. I know it’s from my iDisk sync as I have it turned on so that I have a local version on each Mac that I use. This is happening in 10.5.1 and 10.5 and I never had this before in 10.4. My solution has been to dump the .sparsebundle file and turn off iDisk then turn it back on and it rebuilds the .sparsebundle file. Any idea why this is happening?

Yes, but not a very helpful one.

Something’s broken.

And by something I mean iDisk syncing in Leopard. It’s so broken, in fact, that Apple has released a KnowledgeBase article, dated November 8, 2007, that ends with, “This document will be updated as more information becomes available.”

You’ve done the right thing in deleting the sparsebundle file to recover your hard drive space. As Apple suggests, I would take the next steps, which are to open the .Mac system preference, click the iDisk tab, and click Stop to disable iDisk syncing. The implied final step is to wait for an update that fixes the issue before turning iDisk syncing back on.

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