Lost my Disk Image

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by auto99, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. auto99 macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2012
    I am running Mac OS X 10.6.8 .

    I created a Disk Image and saved it to my desktop. I wanted a password protected place for my documents. Then I ejected it from my desktop. I can't recover it. Did I lose this permanently? I couldn't find any solution online. If you eject a disk image from your desktop is it gone?
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Ejecting won't delete the image file. Double check to see if it indeed was saved to your desktop by searching the entire computer for the file name.
  3. auto99 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2012
    No luck searching for it. I don't understand really, what happened to the disk image when I ejected it? It never came back and I can't find it.
  4. kpgh554, Jun 2, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2012

    kpgh554 macrumors regular


    Dec 29, 2011
    iver england
    disc image similar to dvd or cd when eject it gone until it's reloaded. if can't find using spotlight it's gone. maybe lucky find in disc utility. but to my knowledge when save to a disc image, you then burn to a cd or dvd to save.
    where time machine comes in handy as go back on desktop highlight and restore.
  5. alexreich macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2011
    The disk image you created may be in the Volumes directory on your hard drive. I've thought that I've 'lost' disk images before, when it turns out that I did not tell Disk Utility where to put the image, so it put it in the default directory, which is Volumes.
  6. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    In Finder, do you have it set to show hidden files? It's possible there is a hidden dmg file that shows on your desktop only when it's mounted. Did you try searching in spotlight for dmg? It should turn up all the dmg files lying around your Mac.
  7. new04 macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2012
    Thank You

    I was near panic mode when I thought I did something to lose the important documents!! But apple+space (my shortcut for spotlight) and searching for "dmg" showed exactly what I was looking for! Relocated it to a folder I would remember now. Thank you so much!!!!

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