Where did the DMG go?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Spikeywan, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2012
    Hi Guys,

    Still in culture shock from moving to a Mac...

    I downloadad various items of software from Garmin. They appeared on my desktop as DMGs.

    I opened them and installed the software within.

    Then, rather than delete one, I unmounted it. Where did it go? Is un-mounting it the same as deleting it?

  2. macrumors 603


    Should be in Downloads in your home Folder.
  3. macrumors regular

    ^^ CoolMacLover

    Jun 26, 2009
    On A Apple
    Unmounting will remove the DMG from your desktop. But won't deleted the downloaded file .dmg that will still be in your downloads folder
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2012
    Aaaaah! Thanks guys.

    The last thing I was struggling with was Delete. I eventually found Move to Trash. D'oh! :eek:
  5. macrumors 603


    A quicker way to move a file/folder to the trash is Command-backspace and to empty the trash is Command-Shift-Backspace.

    Also, your downloads folder should be in the Dock (Default) next to the Trash.
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2012
    Thanks guys.

    I do have one DMG that is only on the desktop, and isn't in the Downloads. I just unmounted it, and now can't find it anywhere. Has that one been deleted?
  7. macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Olympia, WA
    Think of a DMG as a self contained CD in a box. When you double click one, you're "mounting it" and making the OS think you just inserted a CD. Then the folder appears and you access the files that are on the "disk." Then you unmount it and the file folder goes away. You're left with the DMG file to trash/delete or keep to remount another day if necessary.
  8. macrumors 603


    Try to search with Spotlight, where is the download from, if it's from Software Update it won't be in the Downloads folder.
  9. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2012
    It was Garmin MapInstall. Spotlight brings up the installed application, but not the DMG.
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2012
    Ah! I think I've worked it out.

    I must have deleted it from Downloads, but it was still mounted, so it appeared on the desktop. When I unmounted it, it was already in the Trash.

    I think. :eek::D
  11. justperry, Dec 15, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2012

    macrumors 603


    You'll learn;)

    Edit: It is probably set to remove downloaded programs,zips, dmg and so on, there is a settings to change this behaviour, can't recall now where it is, might be in safari, I will look it up.

    Attached Files:

  12. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2012
    Hehe. Thanks for your help.

    I'm smitten with my new rMBP.

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