Template talk:Disk images

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This template needs to be created to clean up and organize the bottom parts of texts that refer to disk images for PC's etc...

Hopefully in about a week the pages will be more readable and organized.


Please refer to the Disk image article for adding formats. Stephen Charles Thompson (talk) 09:20, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

  • No one was showing any initiative to do this so I did it. I pulled a Mao Zedong on the categorization of the image file formats. It needed a firm hand of a dictator to establish the ground rules. No Macintosh vs. Windows nonsense, this is general computing. Added most of the formats available in Wikipedia and added the template to almost all of the relative articles, though it is still messy. There are often no separate articles for the file formats them selves. Some image formats are still missing in this template (CIF, CLOOP, DK, ISC, LCD, VOB etc.) and some fall into multiple categories. Another thing is DMG, it doesn't quite fit anywhere since today it is used more as an installer/archive package rather than a true disk image format. (talk) 15:43, 14 April 2009 (UTC)
  • Long live Mao Zedong! Seriously, I agree with you and thanks for all the help!! Stephen Charles Thompson (talk) 05:11, 13 July 2009 (UTC)


Is this to be organized by Media (CDROM/DVD, hard disk, floppy disk) or by Platform? Someone needs to make that distinction early. I vote for media. Stephen Charles Thompson (talk) 09:20, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

Macintosh discussion points[edit]

In the 'Disk image file formats' section towards the bottom of the page <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_image>, I believe the following correction, and an addition, could be included.

1) the title 'MAC/UNIX' is a perenial mistake. A Macintosh is a 'Mac'; a hardware address of a device connected to a network is a 'MAC' (Media Access Control.)

2) It has been profoundly confusing to this ancient Mac-er that I could not work out how to produce an .iso image. Thanks to this article and it's contributors I see for the first time that Apple use the naming convention .cdr for this standard.

As I have never been able to discover the following anywhere, perhaps it would help other equally confused Mac users if appended to, or referred to by, this how-to, developed by myself after extensive false starts?

" To burn an .iso image using a Macintosh's supplied (in OS X) Disk Utility application . .

 Open Disk Utility.
 Insert or locate the CD/DVD/disk image you wish to convert to an .iso image (Mac postscript .cdr).
 Select it in the top left window.
 From the top bar, at left, click on 'New Image'.
 Name the new image, and select where to save it (It's probably big, remember.)
 From the Image Format drop-down menu at the bottom of the screen, select DVD/CD Master.
 (Encryption is optional, for you to decide.)
 Click on Save.
 This now burns a .cdr image, which is the Mac postscript for an .iso image.
 (The other three format options burn .dmg files.)



Jen —Preceding unsigned comment added by JenSee (talkcontribs) 02:20, 10 September 2008 (UTC)


Shouldn't IMG and BIN be in this template? --Joshua Issac (talk) 16:43, 27 December 2008 (UTC)

Fake formats listed here![edit]

You won't believe it: I just removed a whole bunch links to articles that didn't point to an article (or a section of an article) about a file format. Obviously, someone had ignored the fact that Wikipedia is not an advertisement platform and had felt free to advertise himself away. And, someone else had decided to make a fool out of us all by adding DVD to the list!

From now on, I have my eyes on this template. The first person who dare to add such entries and mock every single Wikipedian will be reported to administrators' noticeboard. Fleet Command (talk) 13:17, 20 April 2011 (UTC)

I do want to mention that .dvd is an extension sometimes found on images created by Clone CD from DVDs. It seems to be similar to a CUE file. I guess this is where the confusion came from.