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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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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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