.DMGs Won't Install - "No Mountable File System" "File/Folder cannot be Found"

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by immobilus, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. immobilus macrumors member

    May 5, 2012

    I'm having an issue where any program (.dmg) I attempt to download will not install. I get an error stating that the disk image cannot be opened and that the 'file or folder' cannot be found. I've googled the issue and have learned that most people recommend attempting the download with a different browser. Doing so has been unsuccessful. Also unsuccessful has been redownloading the DMG, as well as doing so after a system restart. The resulting error message is the same for all programs attempted for download, except programs downloaded and installed through the app store or by using home-brew or GIT in terminal.

    Alternatively, I get an error that states that the .DMG cannot be opened because it has "no mountable file system."

    Attempts to remedy the situation using Disk Utility have been unsuccessful, and the permissions on my HD are good.

    I want to reinstall OS X 10.11 without deleting my system content. I do NOT want to wipe the hard drive in order to reinstall OS X 10.11. I do not have time capsule or any other backup storage. When I attempt to reinstall using internet recovery mode, I get an error that OS X Mountain Lion, this computer's original OS X version, cannot be installed because a newer version of OS X is already installed. I know from experience I'll get the same error if I create an install medium for OS X 10.11.

    I'm trying to find some form of scanning tool or application which does a full system check and corrects any system data that I may have messed with thereby causing the issue. I'm unable to find one, and the Install OS X El Capitan application does not appear to have that functionality.

    Any ideas on how to remedy the issue?

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  2. OldGuyTom macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2013
    You might try booting into the recovery partition and then opening up disk utility from there and letting it correct/repair the permissions on the volume. If your original checks with disk utility were done from the booted system it won't be able to check/repair everything because the system is "live". Some time ago you used to be able to re-install an OS right over an existing install without re-formatting the drive. If that can still be done, you might be able to do that, but I haven't seen that option lately so I don't know what will and won't be destroyed.

    Personally if it was me I'd get a backup made ASAP in case it turns out to be some type of hardware issue. You could also split a partition on a new backup drive and then let do an OS install onto one of those partitions, which should at least give you access to the stuff on the other drive.
  3. Riwam, Jan 17, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2016

    Riwam macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2014
    Basel, Switzerland
    DiskWarrior when started from another bootable system, for instance a system installed in a USB drive, can check your main system and rebuild it.
    It is considered a very good tool and can be found in the web.
    It also has a large file version to be burned to a DVD creating an entire OS supporting the tool.
    The booting time of that DVD is a very long one, just for your info. Patience is needed.

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