Making a disk image

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by flat6, Dec 6, 2004.

  1. flat6 macrumors regular

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    I use the disk utility, but no matter which section of the above dialogue I select, after I click "New Image" and select some settings, I get a nice "Device Busy" message.

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    So, how do I go about getting some files stored in a disk image?
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    You are trying to create an image of your hard drive on your hard drive. That cannot work. You should go to the Images menu. You have a choice of several selections there. Alternately, you can create an image of your hard disk if you store it on a larger external drive.
     
  3. Dandaman macrumors 6502

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    sorry, kind of a noob question here, but what exactly are disk images for other than the disk images i get when i download something? i've heard people talking about making a disk image, but not sure, what they mean by it. thanks

    daniel
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Hey there Dandaman -

    Disk Images serve three major purposes:
    1. Distribution (for Mac OS X software over the Internet)
    2. Archival (compressed disk images)
    3. Storage (read-write and read-write encrypted disk images)

    I don't distribute anything in disk image format, but I do archive things in a disk image (select Images->New Image->Image from Folder..., choose the folder I want to archive, select "Compressed" as the type of disk image, choose where I want the disk image stored, and wait while Disk Utility creates the image) and store things inside one (select Images->New Image->Blank Image..., choose the size of the blank image, select "Read/Write" as the type of disk image, add encryption if I want it and choose a password, choose where I want the disk image stored, wait while Disk Utility creates the image, then drag stuff to the image to copy it there). When I'm done using a disk image, regardless of what I was using it for, I simply eject it like I would eject any other disk.
     
  5. flat6 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for clearing that up guys, I now know how to use it.
     
  6. Dandaman macrumors 6502

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