Downloading question from noob.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tximacusr, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. tximacusr macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2010
    When I downloaded Firefox it became a "HD" icon on the desktop. Why did it do that? Also, I dragged it to the Trash Bin and the bin turned into an EJECT. Why?

    Thanks for your replies.
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    It is a DMG file, which is the application in a "container". You open that, drag the application icon to your applications folder then you have to "unmount" or "eject" your "hard drive" dmg file before you can toss it in the trash. It is all ok.
  3. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    That 'HD' icon is what you get when you download and open a dmg file – if you look in there you'll see the FireFox app, drag this into your Apps folder, and it will copy in there. Once that's done, you can eject the 'HD' icon and run Firefox as you would any app.
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    It's a disk image, which is what the .dmg file extension means. You install the program from that, and then just eject the image and you're done

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