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When installing .dmg files what do you do?

9624 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: May 8, 2013 8:55 AM by Norseman2 RSS
Norseman2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 8, 2013 4:53 AM

So I've never had anyone show me how to do this.   What I've been doing when I download a .dmg file is double-clicking them while they are in the "Downloads" folder.  Then sometimes another window pops up shows a picture of like the app with an arrow pointing to the applications folder.  So I've been then dragging the app over to that folder and then just close that window.  But also in that windows is a Read Me file and something else ...I've just been leaving them and closing that window when the copy is complete.


Then after installing, I'll put the .dmg file in a folder in my Documents that I store all of them in and I'm backing up in case I ever had to reimage the machine I'll have all the .dmg files in one place.


Does this work, or should I be moving those .dmg files somewhere else prior to double-clicking on them?  I would just like to keep everything nice and tidy so I don't have junk all over the place.  But I also want things to run fast and I don't know if there's something I should be doing differently.


Anybody know the best practice or where I can look to read about it?

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,145 points)
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    May 8, 2013 7:41 AM (in response to Norseman2)

    How big is the  file size of the folder you are storing these .dmg files in?

    How much free space is left on your iMac's hard drive?

    These maybe taking up valuable internal hard drive space on your iMac.

    I have external hard drives that I save these . dmg files to one of these drives in a folder labelled Software Downloads.

    I won't recommend an ext. hard drive at this time, but iIf the file size of this folder is substantial, I would archive these .dmg files to disc and delete them off of your iMac.

  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,145 points)
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    May 8, 2013 7:57 AM (in response to Norseman2)

    Copy them to your external hard drive and remove them from your internal drive.

    Make the location on the external drive to save these to.

    Why have these taking up space on the internal drive when you have external storage to store these.

    Taking up internal hard drive space for no real reason.

    I try to keep my iMac's internal drive as lean as I possibly can.

    I have 3 ext, hard drives. Two have redundant backup data, the other ext. drive is my everyday working drive.

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,855 points)
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    May 8, 2013 8:37 AM (in response to Norseman2)

    Yes, it is. You only need to read the content of the other two items; the application itself doesn't use them.




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