1 Reply Latest reply: Aug 10, 2013 8:27 PM by baltwo
mo9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello! I read the Apple Support instructions here (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1578) on how to create password protected disk image. I'm not too familiar with the term "disk image", so I am wondering if anyone can help me understand. A couple of things I couldn't could find a clear answer to:

 

1.) If I create a disk image (I'm thinking of choosing the "read/write disk image") will I be able to delete files from it if I don't want them anymore? Can I edit the files directly on that disk image?

 

2.) If I am able to delete them, do I need to defragmet that disk image at some time? (But I read Mac's don't need to be manually defragmented. I've had mine for 2 years and it's been ok)

 

I have a Macbook Pro (Snow Leopard) 10.6.8.

 

Thanks so much!

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,900 points)

    mo9 wrote:

    Hello! I read the Apple Support instructions here (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1578) on how to create password protected disk image. I'm not too familiar with the term "disk image", so I am wondering if anyone can help me understand. A couple of things I couldn't could find a clear answer to:

     

    1.) If I create a disk image (I'm thinking of choosing the "read/write disk image") will I be able to delete files from it if I don't want them anymore? Can I edit the files directly on that disk image?

    Yes. Acts just like any mounted voluime.

    2.) If I am able to delete them, do I need to defragmet that disk image at some time? (But I read Mac's don't need to be manually defragmented. I've had mine for 2 years and it's been ok)

    No.

     

    Finally, when you're finished with it, just delete the dmg file just like any other.