Disk Images: Create Virtual Disk Images in OS X

Most games these days want you to have a disk in your computer to play. One reason is this keeps people from giving a copy of the game to their friends. This can become a pain and a major annoyance on long trips or anywhere where you can't reach your disk, and you have a case of Call of Duty fever.

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If only there were a way to trick the game into thinking the disk was in the computer. Enter the Disk Utility, a little application that comes in the utilities folder of every Mac. All you have to do is pop your disk in, open Disk Utility, select your disk, and click New Image. Name the disk image and save it somewhere. Now all you have to do is open the disk image, and the disk will appear on your desktop, just like any normal disk. The applications will not know the difference between a virtual disk and the real thing.

Disk images also give you the ability to open multiple disks at once on a one-drive machine. You can even encrypt disk images to easily store your sensitive files. Also, while we here at MacApper do not condone any illegal actions, the disk images are yours and lack any digital rights management. It is also just as easy to burn disk images so you can copy your disks as many times as you want. Disk Utility makes it simple to back up the disks of your favorite games and have them on hand any time you want.

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47 Responses to “Disk Images: Create Virtual Disk Images in OS X”

  1. mdmunoz on March 29th, 2007 3:51 pm

    This doesn’t work for any modern game. You need Toast to burn images that the computer recognizes as an actual CD rather than a mounted disk image.

  2. Kiro on March 29th, 2007 5:55 pm

    Does Disco burn images the same way?

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  4. Richard on March 30th, 2007 1:27 pm

    Yep, just tried this with Disk Utility and Halo on Mac OS X 10.4.9 and it didn’t work. Halo didn’t “see” the CD on my desktop.

    Hopefully, Leopard will address this.

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  6. Bruce Anderson on March 30th, 2007 10:39 pm

    Kiro, Disco uses MacOS X’s built-in disc burning system and is therefore subject to its limitations. Toast mounts its disk images in such a way as to make the system believe the image is an actual CD or DVD.

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  8. britne on April 1st, 2007 4:55 pm

    Just tried with Civ IV Warlords. No such luck.

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  14. Craig on December 20th, 2007 10:36 am

    How many virtual disc can you run with Toast?

  15. D2 Player on January 25th, 2008 8:03 pm

    I tried this with Diablo2: Lord of Destruction and it worked when i choosed to form DVD/CD-master

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  21. Jay on November 14th, 2009 12:41 pm

    D2 is right. I created a new image of Backtrack 4 and saved it as CD/DVD-master and booted it in Parallels. It booted much faster than from the DVD and works like a charm. Thanks for the post.

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    Hi,
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    Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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