"Mounting" a disk or image

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by drgrafix, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. drgrafix macrumors regular


    Feb 9, 2008
    New England
    I'm new to macs so some of the terminology and buzz words can be confusing. What exactly _is_ a disk image and how do I "mount " it?

    Sorry for the dumb question :(. Is this like zipping & unzipping or if you have two disk images on your desktop that represent a program, how do I "install" that utility program?
  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    A .dmg file. You mount it by double clicking it. If a program is inside of of, you drag that program to the Applications folder to install it.
  3. blackbelt macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2008
    i am fairly new to macs as well, but my understanding is that it just means that the DMG or drive shown on your desktop as a drive, and allows you to open and install the files. Just mount the drive and double click to open.

    I have not had any problems with it, if i am wrong, someone please correct me.
  4. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
    its like putting a CD in your drive, except the CD is virtual because it is already on you hard drive.

    So you "mount" the image, as if it is a CD

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