Is it possible to boot off a disk image?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by funkychunkz, Jun 24, 2006.

  1. funkychunkz macrumors 6502a

    funkychunkz

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    If I have a bootable disk image, can I boot off it? I tried with one on my boot volume (it recognizes it as an os, and sais it will boot into but doesn't. I once saw a dialogue asking what format to put a disk image, and near the bottom of that list was 'device'. I think I saw this is Disk Utility, but I can't remember.

    My main reason for wanting to do this is that I don't want to make a partition (either erase and part, or have a messy one) and I don't want to have two mac osx system running undivided (if that's even possible).
     
  2. ravenvii macrumors 604

    ravenvii

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    No you can't. Unless you find a way for the Mac to process and open the .dmg file and mount it at boot.

    In other words, the disk image itself is bootable, but the .dmg file that it's in isn't.
     
  3. funkychunkz thread starter macrumors 6502a

    funkychunkz

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    That's what I figured, oh well.
     

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