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Corrupted invisible disk images taking up HD space
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macdummy
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Jun 1, 2006, 02:58 AM
 
Ok i've got a weird issue here. My buddy made a disk image and copied it onto my ipod. I went home and attempted to copy the disk image onto my desktop. I knew something was off because after i released my mouse button to complete the file copy, I received a message saying that "the item 'blahblah.dmg' contains one or more busy items that cannot be changed. i clicked 'continute' and waited until the file transfer was complete. the progress bar definitely filled to the end and i even heard the task complete sound. the problem is there is no disk image.

i knew something was up so i recopied it again onto my desktop. same thing, end result was no disk image. the problem is i am now missing 6 gigs of storage because the files apparently copied over but i can't locate the files. i have spotlighted the file name and restarted the computer with no luck.
any ideas as to how i can get rid of the two files that are obviously taking up HD space but are invisible to the system?
     
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Jun 1, 2006, 01:32 PM
 
another weird thing that i forgot to mention was that when i deleted the disc image off of my ipod, it just vanished and freed up space immediately on my ipod. i didn't even have to empty the trash.
     
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Jun 4, 2006, 08:07 AM
 
open the terminal and type: sudo find / -name '*your_disk_image_name*'
you must then enter your user password. replace your_disk_image_name with your disk image name ;-)! note, that the entered name is case sensitive.
if you'll find something, you can type "cd folder_name" to change to the folder which contains your image and type "ls -lah" to list all files. if you'll see your disk image type "open ." to open the folder containing the image in the finder or "open image_name" to open the image directly.

cheers ecyras
     
macdummy  (op)
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Jun 4, 2006, 03:31 PM
 
hey thanks for that! unfortunately i have since deleted the disk image from my ipod and i don't know what the original name is at the moment. i'll have to ask my friend when i go back to work. i really appreciate your help, hopefully i'll follow up with a success message!
     
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Jun 4, 2006, 07:08 PM
 
If the disk image was a .dmg, you could actually use sudo find / -name *.dmg

This command will find every .dmg file on your hard drive. If it was an ISO, replace *.dmg with *.iso

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