Download DMG To Windows, Copy To Mac & Install?

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  1. kalimba macrumors regular

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    Newbie here, just got a new MBP yesterday. Sorry if this has been asked and answered before, but I searched the forum and even Googled, but couldn't find an answer.

    Anyways, does anyone know if it is possible to download a DMG file on a Windows machine, move it to a Mac via memory stick, then install the DMG on the Mac? I know that data bits are just bits, but I'm concerned primarily about any Mac/Windows endian issues and Windows doing something "weird" with the contents of a DMG file.
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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  3. nomar383 macrumors 65816

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    It will work with no problem, I've done it plenty of times. Email it, burn it to a CD, put it on a external HD, a memory stick, whatever


    EDIT: Welcome to Macs btw :)
     
  4. Teh Don Ditty macrumors G4

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    So long as the memory stick is formatted FAT32 you should be fine.

    Windows won't recognize a .DMG file (unless of course you have MacDrive installed) and it won't do anything.

    EDIT: Beaten to the punch by mere seconds.
     
  5. kalimba thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the ultra-quick response, people. I want to get XCode 3.0 installed, and the DMG file is over a gig. I've taken advantage of my office connection and downloaded it to my thumbdrive. We'll see how the installation goes when I get home.

    And again, many thanks for all of the prompt replies.
     
  6. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    it's fine. i've done this before i got my mac so i would have some applications ahead of time :)
     
  7. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

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    It can be formatted as NTFS. Mac can read it but not write ;)
     
  8. Teh Don Ditty macrumors G4

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    That's true, but I figured just save the hassle and format to FAT32 just in case. :)
     

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