How do I burn a disk from XP for use on a Mac?

By josbd
Dec 5, 2005
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. I apologise in advance for knowing nothing of the arcane (to me!) world of Macs!

    I have downloaded a .dmg file on my xp pc for my bro who uses a mac (OSX) and am now wondering whether I can just burn this as it is, straight to a disk; or do I need to reformat it? If so, what would I need to do?

    Any advice gratefully received, as always!

    Cheers!
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,425   +281

    How big is the .dmg, if I were you I'd just burn it as a straight file and then give to him. Then he could open the file directly off the disk and it will mount the image that that .dmg is.
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    .DMG is kind of like a .ISO format for Macintosh. The only way to burn a .DMG image is using a Mac... Because I'm not aware of any PC utiilties that handle that file type.

    The built in Mac OS Disc Utility can mount the image and you can burn it from there.

    Maybe you can share the file over the network or via a thumb drive or other mass storage device with enough MB?
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,288   +281

    I have found the CD/RW formats can cause problems, while creating
    the r/o CDROM works well. ALL CDs are variations of ISO-9660 specs
    (there's sever mods) but the directories are best kept to short names.

    If you are carefull, a CD can be mounted on any system while the
    content may be system specific and unusable in some environments
    eg: foo.exe doesn't run on a Mac :)

    see this for additional information
  5. josbd

    josbd TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 289

    ok, shall give it a whirl, and see what happens.

    The file is 500Mb, btw.

    Thanks all!
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.


Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...


Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.