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10.3: Use Disk Utility to manage disk images Apps
I don't know if this functionality was already build into 10.2's disk tools, but Apple's new Disk Utility greatly improves the ease of working with disk images.

You can drag disk images in the left window pane, just below the line under the disks. When you drop it, Disk Utility makes an alias to that image. It remembers these aliases even after you quit. After you've added the image, you can easily burn, verify and repair it. The disk image path at the bottom becomes clickable for mounting it as well.

One other useful functionality is that you can place a disk restore image in the pane, after which you can easily drag it to the Source field in the Restore tab.

Update: As noted in the comments, to remove the image, simply drag it off the list.
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10.3: Use Disk Utility to manage disk images
Authored by: jendahl on Nov 10, '03 11:27:26AM

Not too sure how useful these new features are...they certainly can make doing a simple archival backup of a CD complicated. Personally, I feel Apple really needs to completely re-think the Disk Utility interface, it has enough contradictions and muddled commands that it could be from the good folks at Redmond.

Once you re-learn how to use it, it works fine, but it has lost the ease of use that Disk Copy and Disk First Aid used to have...

My 2 cents...

--> John



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10.3: Use Disk Utility to manage disk images
Authored by: vondrix on Nov 10, '03 12:21:12PM

Insert cdrom, select cdrom in disk utilities left pane, click new disk image. That doesn't seem so hard to me.



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10.3: Use Disk Utility to manage disk images
Authored by: jendahl on Nov 10, '03 04:25:56PM

Not quite.

Let's see, I want to COPY this CD. OK, where's the copy command? Hmmm, maybe it's called duplicate. Nope. OK, so I guess I want to make a new image. Now, do I click on the device, or on the volume (I know, this is a UNIX quirk..). Now, save image on your hard drive. Now, insert your blank CD and hit "restore"...nope, that doesn't work. Oh, there's a burn icon up there...? Ah OK, there we go.

Oh, and you have to go through all of this, even if you have a second CD-ROM drive, you can't just do a CD to CD copy.

I guess you're just smarter than I am, seemed to be a lot of places a user could go wrong here.

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10.3: Use Disk Utility to manage disk images
Authored by: cilly on Nov 11, '03 02:38:57AM

Well, well, well - I guess Apple does not offer copy from CD to CD since they don't support computers with two drives...

ha ha ha

Geek was here.

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cilly



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10.3: Use Disk Utility to manage disk images
Authored by: Felix on Nov 12, '03 06:45:22PM

"...seemed to be a lot of places a user could go wrong here."
I agree with you wholeheartedly...and that's why apps like CD Session Burner with a very intuitive interface (plus it does several other things as well) continue to get widespread use. Apple normally makes things extremely simple even for new users but the group that codes this portion of the OS has worked overtime since 10.0 at making copying much more difficult (non-intuitive) than it needs to be.



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10.3: Use Disk Utility to manage disk images
Authored by: pcunixapl on Nov 11, '03 08:02:54AM

I agree that it is confusing.

Download an iso image you want to burn. Pop in a blank CD, and a dialog pops up offering to open the CD in Finder or some other app - no mention of disk utility at all until you select it manually once.

So your natural impulse would be to let it take the default - open in Finder. Then what? Well, you could double click on your image, then select all the files and copy them to the CD, but nothing helps you find that out.

And even if you somehow guessed that Disk Utility was the right tool, what's obvious about clicking burn and then hunting for your image?

I think there should be a separate app - Mediatool or whatever, that is the default app for when blank media is inserted. It can then call iTunes or whatever once you've told it what you want to do.



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10.3: Use Disk Utility to manage disk images
Authored by: syko on Nov 10, '03 01:59:23PM

One of the things I came across accidently is that you can actually alias any application or folder in a mounted disk image, and when you open that alias, the image is mounted automagically..

not sure if this was in jaguar



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How to remove images from the list?
Authored by: Chas on Nov 10, '03 03:12:12PM

I noticed the ability to drag images to the lower pane in Disk Utility. But the list of images is very persistent. I've been unable to remove images from the list, short of editing the .plist in a text editor. Is there some trick I've missed?



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How to remove images from the list?
Authored by: diamondsw on Nov 10, '03 03:46:56PM

It's not terribly obvious. If I recall, "eject" the disk image. :p



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How to remove images from the list?
Authored by: Chas on Nov 10, '03 10:03:09PM

That doesn't work, Eject is dimmed when the image is selected. I'm trying to remove items in the list of unmounted images. Once you drag an item to the lower half of the list, you can mount and dismount it but you can't delete the listing of the image file itself. They're persistent and are saved between sessions. And apparently are saved forever if there's no simple way to delete items from the list.



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How to remove images from the list?
Authored by: diamondsw on Nov 11, '03 10:42:21AM

D'oh - my bad. Yup, you just drag them out of the list. Nothing like direct manipulation.



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How to remove images from the list?
Authored by: billabOng on Nov 10, '03 05:17:34PM

Drag them out.



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How to remove images from the list?
Authored by: Chas on Nov 10, '03 10:06:27PM

Poof!

That wasn't obvious at all. Thanks.



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10.3: Use Disk Utility to manage disk images
Authored by: cilly on Nov 10, '03 11:15:29PM

It is a pain that Apple dropped Disk Copy. I miss a lot of things:

- creating images via Drag and Drop
- creating images of format Mac OS X HFS, HFS+, HFS+ Journaled, HFS+ Journaled case-sensitive, MS-DOS, UNIX.
- creating images of layout single partition, SCSI HD, CD/DVD, no partition map, hard disk, ATA HD

(especially when using Disk Copy with the option: defaults write com.apple.diskcopy expert-mode 1)

Rather than adding an unsupported zip-Archive-option and integrating a crippled Disk Copy into Disk Utility, Apple should have developed Disk Copy further and used it in the context-menu: create image from folder, ignore or not ignore permissions. preserver permissions, preserver partition map ...

Apple just drops the developement before finishing the job on Disk Copy and is starting a new buggy Disk Utility. I have noticed, that verifying images is very buggy, especially if the image is not located on the root partition, if it is located on an external Firewire drive.

The same thing happened with sendmail: Apple was not able to provide a bugfree version, instead they deleted the installation of sendmail in 10.2 with the 10.3 upgrade and replaced it with postfix! But that is another story.

Apple is throwing a sprat to catch a mackerel.

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10.3: Use Disk Utility to manage disk images
Authored by: gvitale on Nov 11, '03 08:29:02AM

Apparently, you can still use Jag's Disk Copy in Panther (there was a note in MacFixit.com few days ago)...
I haven't tryed very hard, but I know that it crashes on quit.



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10.3: Use Disk Utility to manage disk images
Authored by: timcrawf on Nov 11, '03 09:19:02AM

Yes, you can use Disk Copy from Jaguar. I read that it wasn't in the Panther build before I installed. So I copied it from my old system, along with Key Caps. It works just fine.
My guess is that you could use Disk Copy from 10,1 or plain old X as well.



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10.3: Use Disk Utility to manage disk images
Authored by: bluehz on Nov 11, '03 07:51:29PM

Every time I tried to use the old Disk Copy it failed.



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10.3: Use Disk Utility...slightly off topic
Authored by: zygote on Nov 11, '03 05:46:20AM
What strikes me is that Apple appears to be just useless when it comes to making easily available informationn about features/options like this. Is it just me or does Apple need to do a better job of documentation? Not to put Pogue and the "Missing Manual" folks out of work, but Apple spends zillions on an OS, pump it up as this amazing software and then nearly bury the details of it...eh, it's late & I'm grumpy. PS - Not trying to troll, but where --beside here-- is this info via Apple? KB articles? Please!

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10.3: Use Disk Utility to manage disk images
Authored by: bluehz on Nov 11, '03 08:17:38AM

I really dislike the new Disk Utility and hate having to open the behemoth app to create a simple disk image. I have since been investigating various other options and have found that DropDMG does exactly what I want and even more. I would highly recommend looking into it if you dislike the new Disk Utility.



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10.3: Use Disk Utility to manage disk images
Authored by: Power Factor on Nov 11, '03 09:03:44AM

This feature is actually handy if you need to burn of a set of disk images.



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