Newbie to .dmg files Image or executable???

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by zeecar, Jun 4, 2006.

  1. zeecar macrumors newbie

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    Good day everyone. I'm new to mac so sorry in advance for the simple questions! :)

    I'm using Xp pro. I have a .dmg file I need to burn to a disk. My question is, is the file an image file, or is it an executable in OS X? And what programs to use to burn it if it is an image file?

    Thanks for any help you can provide.
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    It's a disk image, basically a filesystem in a file. Disk Utility in OSX can burn images to CD/DVD.
     
  3. zeecar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Excellent, but what to use if your using windows to burn?

    Thanks for the quick reply!
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

    robbieduncan

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    I've no idea! I'd use a mac :D

    Some dmg files are basically iso's in disguise. You could try changing the extension and burning via whatever your normal method is.

    Note that this is not guaranteed to work. Even if it does work there i sno guarantee that it will produce a disc Windows can read. A standard dmg will contain a single HFS+ filesystem which Windows can't read.

    That said dmg's are really flexible. A dmg can contain lots of different filesystem types so you might be lucky.
     
  5. zeecar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I see...thanks for your help!!! I can now see through the fog!!!

    Peace!!!
     

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