What's an .iso file?

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  1. polycat33 macrumors 6502

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    I've never heard of .iso but it appeared on my computer the same way a .dmg did so I thought maybe it was the same thing. When I tried to open it, I was told it might be harmful to my system and was I sure I wanted to open it? I said no. It's supposed to be a program, but I'm afraid it might not be a Mac program. Anyone know what it is?
     
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  3. polycat33 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is it for Mac? Should I ignore the "this could be harmful" thing?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It can be used on any operating system.

    The image itself is harmless. The contents and running them as an administrator might not.
     
  5. tutubibi macrumors 6502a

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    Normally, ISO is just a disk image file (like DMG or NRG), ready for burning to CD or DVD. Of course, ISO (like any archive) can contain viruses so if you burn it and have autoplay one Windows enabled (word of advice: disable it) your PC get infected.
     
  6. polycat33 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks.

    And just for the record I did google and it didn't help me much. It gets kinda old being told to google every time I ask a question. Google doesn't answer every question, surprisingly enough.
     
  7. tutubibi macrumors 6502a

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    Well, you still have to master the art of good search query. :p
    If you just search for "Apple" chance is that you will not get "Apple iBook" as a first link. But search for "ISO file" returns wiki link to ISO image article...
     
  8. devnill macrumors newbie

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    googling iso's

    typed in "define:iso"
    entry way at the bottom displayed


    is wikipedia the new google?:eek:
     
  9. Peace macrumors P6

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    ISO stands for International Standards Organization and was originally designed for CD's.
     
  10. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Just for the record, I also did a Google search. The answer to your question is the second hit. If you don't like to read, then nothing is going to help you much.
     
  11. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Possibly! Especially since Google is the new Microsoft!
     
  12. -::ubermann::- macrumors regular

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    uhh, it is my case, i hate when I google something and i find only paying websites, so often i don't "google it", i just "wikipedia it" ;)
    If isnt in wikipedia, or i want further reading, I use google
     
  13. redsteven macrumors 6502a

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    i understand the frustration issues and why everyone is suggesting doing searches before coming here, but perhaps this is a valid question:

    is there a bug that causes the finder to give you the corrupted file warning with ANY .iso image? I've only used I think one .iso image in os x and I recall getting that same warning, even though I was the one that made the image so I of course knew it was safe.

    Has anyone opened an .iso file WITHOUT getting the warning?
     
  14. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    No
     

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