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How to clear download clutter

Question : It drives me nuts when I download a program, or upgrade an old one, and it arrives with assorted junk. What am I supposed to do with the DMG file that opens the program ? Junk it, or save it for future use ?

Answer : Disk images ( DMG files ) act like a virtual version of a hard disk or flash drive, which is why they pop up like portable drive icons on the Mac's desktop when you open them.

The file or program you downloaded is stored on this virtual disk.

To install the file on your Mac, you usually just have to double-click the installer files or drag the files to your Mac's hard drive.

The DMG file is basically just the container for the program or file you were downloading to the Mac.

Tossing it in the Trash after you've installed the software is fine.

But for backup purposes, you may want ot make a copy of the file that was on the disk image.

You could, for example, round up all the files contained on those downloaded disk images and burn them all to a CD for safekeeping before you trash the files.


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