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Orbstack is causing bloated Storage
Updated over a week ago

Problem description

When the app Orbstack is installed on the machine, the size of snapshots backing up gets bloated.

Cause

This is due to the Orbstack app which is a containerized solution like Docker and this contributes to bloated size of storage.

The 8 TB data.img file in OrbStack's data is a virtual disk image.

To find the true size of the file, run du -h ~/.orbstack/data/data.img, or look at "size on disk" in Finder's info panel. Sparse files have two sizes: an apparent size (8 TB in this case), and size on disk (actual usage).

Druva captures the apparent size.

Resolution

As a workaround, To exclude containers, images, volumes, and Linux machines from backups, add ~/.orbstack/data to your exclusion list.

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