How to read (install) iso files with a Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mrkarisma, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. mrkarisma macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2010

    I have a ".iso" installation file and I just can't read it in my Mac (Mac OS X). When I double-click on the file, it doesn't work. The message I get says it's "not recognized".

    That ".iso" file installs properly in my PC.

    I searched this forum and learned that normally, ISO files should automatically work with Mac OS X. Well, it's not the case for me! I have a 4 years old Mac book with Mac OS X.

    Can someone please help me!

    Thank you.
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    If the .iso file installs properly on your PC then it's a Windows file, not osx.
  3. mrkarisma thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2010
    It is actually a Mac and Windows file. Even the name of the file says "Mac Win"...

    Is there any software that I can download to help recognize the iso files?
  4. miguelpinheiro macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2010
  5. mrkarisma thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2010
    Thanks for your help. I don't understand what you mean by converting with Toast.

    I burned it with Toast to get the CD. When I insert the CD on my PC, it automatically starts. But when I insert the CD on my Mac, it says that it is not recognized by this computer.

    Is there a way to actually convert the ISO file to something else with Toast?
  6. jonsuh macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2010
    I'm not sure if you're trying to install the software or need the contents of the ISO file, but since you have both a Mac and a PC, this is my suggestion.

    1. Run the CD or mount the ISO on your PC.
    2. Open the CD or Virtual Drive on your PC in My Computer to see its content.
    3. Select and copy all the files.
    4. Paste all the files onto a new folder on your desktop.
    5. Burn a new DATA CD of the files.
    6. Pop the CD in the Mac.

    Let me know if this helps.
  7. miguelpinheiro macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2010
    oh, sorry, converting to dmg using the little button down there:

    Attached Files:

  8. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    FWIW Many Mac/Win software is actually distributed on hybrid ISO9660/HFS+ media. If all you have is the ISO you may only have the Windows version. You need to be careful to get both sessions when you rip it to get both sessions or just the Mac one.

  9. racketeer71 macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2010
    Try renaming the file to .dmg instead of .iso. It's simple, but sometimes it just works.
  10. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    Be interesting to know where this .iso file came from....
  11. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2009
    New Brunswick, Canada
  12. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Some legitimate developers distribute their software on .iso disc image files. These can easily be burned to blank media using Windows software or Disk Utility on the Mac. They can also be used to install software merely by double-clicking on them. The image mounts on the Desktop as a Macintosh volume and can be used as a regular Mac drive. There is no need to convert .iso files to .dmg because the Mac can read and write .iso files out of the box.

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