Need Information about disks or volumes (w/e they're called)

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  1. Maclover~ macrumors newbie

    Maclover~

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    I need the information about what these things are. I just got a mac a few months ago and have no idea what these are. And if you know how to delete them please tell me! Thank you.

    Look at the picture.
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    website is http://machelp11.blogspot.com/
    just in case u cant see the pic
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    The icons you see are disk images, which are basically files that the operating system treats as mini-partitions. You can "delete" them by selecting the eject icon next to the partition in the Finder sidebar or by dragging the icons to the trash. You can then delete the .dmg files associated with them, which contain the actual data.

    More info is available in the Mac Guides section of the site.
     
  3. Maclover~ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Need help with mac disks

    I need help with the mac disks. I have 2 questions about them: How do you delete them, and is there a way to install something without installing the disks or voulmes.

    pic of what im talking about is here
    http://machelp11.blogspot.com/

    ty
     
  4. bartelby macrumors Core

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  5. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    You can also drag the disk icon to the trash (the trash can will turn into an eject button).
     
  6. Maclover~ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    cant u delete the dmg file too?
    and can u rename them?
     
  7. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    What your picture shows is called a DMG or Disk Image file. These are common file types when you download programs because of the "Package" nature of an OS X app. Anyway, what you do is you load the DMG to your desktop (as your picture shows), drag whatever program is in that DMG file (i.e. Google Earth or Skype) to your Applications folder or wherever you want really, and then you would eject the DMG by method stated by the other replies in this thread (Cmd-E, drag to trash, or right click and Eject).

    After that you can throw away the DMG file because you have now installed the program. It may seem to simple, but yes, dragging and dropping is a method of installation on Mac OS X.
     
  8. Maclover~ thread starter macrumors newbie

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  9. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    Yes, you can delete the disk image file once you've ejected it.
     

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