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Paul Cook reviewed on 19 Dec 2013
I did some quick and dirty testing with DiskMakerX v3.0.3 and the Mavericks 10.9.1, build 13B42 full installer obtained via App Store download.

Suppose you want to make a number of installers on a single, larger, SD Card or USB thumb drive. Perhaps, you want a single device with Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks installers on it.

I found that DiskMakerX would fit on a 5.5 GB partition of a larger drive. Disk Utility reported that my test partition had a Capacity of 5.5GB, Available space of 97.4 MB, used space of 5.4 GB.

I'm not suggesting that a bit more spare space might not be a good idea, but it did seem to perform a successful install.

Obviously, microSD Cards, SD Cards, USB Thumb drives and the like normally come in sizes that are integer powers of two. So this should fit nicely on an 8 GB device, but not on a 4GB device.

What if you want DiskMakerX to make an installer single disk image .dmg file, to save for some other later use? Then depending on your options, you may need to allow a bit more room. Using Disk Utility with a GUID partition table, we were able to get it to work by telling Disk Utility to create a 5.7GB image Read/Write image. That resulted in a partition, which Disk Utility said had a Capacity of 5.49GB and after install had available space of 90.3 MB, used space of 5.4 GB with 4,416 files. However, when I did a get info on the .dmg file, finder said it was 5.84 GB.
[Version 3.0.3]



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Paul Cook reviewed on 27 Oct 2013
Not remotely pleased with this product. Spent 10 hours trying to get the same favorites in three Garmins. If I had used the software before the purchase, that would have been three TomToms or three something elses.

It couldn't seem to find addresses, and worst of all, there seemed to be no way to reliably get the data from this product into any of my Garmin devices. There was always something extra, or something missing.

Seriously, are the other products really this totally bad? Are there any third party software products, etc.?

I would have given it a lower rating, but MacUpdate gives a "Please complete the ratings stars" error message if you don't give it at least half a star.
[Version 4.2.3]



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Paul Cook reviewed on 19 Sep 2013
I really do like this program. But there are a couple of minor enhancements that would make it much better.

We often convert a bunch of dmg files into the bzip2 compressed format in order to save space. But every once in a while, it throws up a dialog box saying that the results are larger than the original, and which do we want to use. It would be nice to be able to have it automatically keep the smaller of the two.

Also, it would be nice to have it automatically do a scan for restore on any dmg for which that can be done, and for which it hasn't been done.

But a great program otherwise
[Version 5.5.2]



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Paul Cook reviewed on 18 Sep 2013
I really do like this program. But there are a couple of minor enhancements that would make it much better.

We often convert a bunch of dmg files into the bzip2 compressed format in order to save space. But every once in a while, it throws up a dialog box saying that the results are larger than the original, and which do we want to use. It would be nice to be able to have it automatically keep the smaller of the two.

Also, it would be nice to have it automatically do a scan for restore on any dmg for which that can be done, and for which it hasn't been done.

But a great program otherwise.
[Version 3.2.2]


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Paul Cook replied on 19 Sep 2013
Sorry everyone, I posted this review to the wrong product. Near as I can tell, there is no way to undo.
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Paul Cook reviewed on 18 Sep 2013
This is the only program, that I know of, that will replace duplicates with hard links. So that is a plus.

However, when it tells me that I have duplicate folders, what if I tell it to replace them with hard links? The menus do seem to offer that as an option.

It would be nice to be able to select a default behavior. And if your mouse stutters on the wrong option while selecting what to do--too bad. Instead of a pull down menu that immediately executes, I'd rather see radio buttons and then some do/execute button to cause what you've selected to happen. That would be safer.

Once it has run a scan, it isn't obvious how one deselects the files to act upon. It should be possible to do this, but how isn't obvious.

Lastly, it really would be nice if this ran on Snow Leopard. The fact that it doesn't is very poor marketing and leaves a big opening for competition to take the prize away.
[Version 4.4.1]



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Paul Cook commented on 18 Sep 2013
Does this only delete files, or will it replace duplicates with hard links? There are times, I'd rather do the latter.
[Version 1.5.1]



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Paul Cook reviewed on 01 Jul 2013
As far as I have been able to tell, this seems to do what it claims. i.e. IT WORKS!!

IMHO, it provides needed functionality that Apple should have provided, but never did.

The current version installs with a standard, Apple style package installer. (I may be wrong, but unless I'm confusing it with something else, the prior version required you to manually install by dragging files into specific locations. I think this was behind some of the comments about installation issues.)

I've tried it on machines running Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion. It seems to work with all three of these OSes on at least some devices.

Not every USB or FireWire device works. I wonder if this may be a function of the bridge board that is used, perhaps they don't have the underlying support necessary?

But as far as I can tell, where it works, it seems to work well. Disk Utility, SMARTReporter, and SMART Utility all report S.M.A.R.T. status, with certain USB/FireWire devices, where previously they would not.

For those of us who use external FireWire or USB drives, this is certainly an improvement. SMART is far less than perfect, but when I have have a drive failing it's SMART self test, I want to know about it, and I want to replace the drive.

The work of the developer(s), in bringing this to the Mac platform, is greatly appreciated. Hopefully, they will continue to update it as new OSes come out. And if they can, it would be really sweet, if they could add support for some of the older OSes.
[Version 0.6]



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Paul Cook commented on 05 Jun 2013
Quick Notes on how to use Lion Disk Maker (LDM) to Create a 10.8.4 Build 12E55 DMG file, instead of the more normal flash drive or DVD.

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Read over all instructions, understand them, and verify their correctness for your environment before proceeding. Lots of stuff could go wrong. If you tell LDM to image the wrong "drive", you just might loose a whole bunch of data. Back up first. Your proceeding is with the understanding that you assume any and all responsibility for whatever happens.

Using App Store application, download the 10.8.4 Installer. Do NOT run it as these installers delete themselves afterwards. Quit out of the installer once it opens.

Using Disk Utility, create a New --> Blank Disk Image on your desktop, if you have 20GB of free space or more, elsewhere if you don't, with the following characteristics--
Save As: Installer 10.8.4 Build 12E55 Mountain LionRW
Name: Disk Image
Size: 5 GB (worked for me, but increase if you get an error message indicating you need more space.)
Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
Encryption: none
Partitions: Single partition - GUID Partition Map
Image Format: read/write disk image.

Run LDM selecting the "Disk Image" as the target drive.

At this point

Once it completes satisfactorily do the following command from Terminal to make it auto open when mounted.
sudo bless -folder /Volumes/OS X Mountain Lion Install Disk - 10.8.4 -openfolder /Volumes/OS X Mountain Lion Install Disk - 10.8.4

If you want it to be in a read only format, so it doesn't accidentally get changed, use Disk Utility to convert it to "Read Only", "compressed", or if advanced imaging options are enabled, "compressed (bzip2)". At this point I save it without the "RW" at the end of the name.

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LDM creates "pretty" disk images by setting the folder background, positioning the files and adjusting their size. Sometimes this survives closing and opening the original disk image. And sometimes it does not. I don't know when or why. At the moment, it is pure speculation, but I think it may be OS related. I seem to get different results on 10.6.8, 10.7.5, and 10.8.3 machines. But if you know, please share.
[Version 2.0.2]


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Paul Cook replied on 05 Jun 2013
The paragraph that starts with "At this point" should say--

At this point, if you want to change the name of the mounted disk image volume, you may do so. I like to include the build number. However, this is optional. And you will have to make appropriate changes in the "sudo bless" command folowing.
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Paul Cook replied on 05 Jun 2013
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For 10.7.5, a 5.3GB disk image seemed to work.

Also, in terms of Read-Only formats. The more compressed formats are smaller, but they can take a lot longer to open.
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Paul Cook replied on 18 Sep 2013
For those wanting to make an image from the new 10.8.5 App Store download, a 5GB disk image worked for me. You might want to update the name to something like, "10.8.5 Build 12F37" in the appropriate places.
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Paul Cook commented on 02 Jun 2013
Just as the developer says, this is a shell script. No GUI. Nothing wrong with that. But, if you aren't comfortable using a shell script, than look at some of the similar software.

However, this is free!! And since it is a shell script, you can edit the code if you want to and know how.
[Version 1.0]



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Paul Cook commented on 18 Dec 2012
The Fall 2012 Special • Issue 28.09 of MacTech magazine has an article about using this program on page 22.
[Version 1.0]



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Paul Cook had trouble on 05 Nov 2012
I find the Lion DiskMaker v 2.0.1 works very well for creating USB Installer drives.

But one minor annoyance, is that when you first make a USB installer drive, the layout of the files, that background, etc. are all very pretty. However, if you eject this drive and reinsert it, all of that is lost.

Does anyone know how to preserve the cosmetic efforts of LionDisk Maker?
[Version 2.0.1]



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Paul Cook had trouble on 18 Oct 2012
On the right side of the Xslimmer window are two columns of icons. Some are worlds, some are 4 colored balls, some are chips with a question mark in them, etc.

Where does is say what these mean? Is there some documentation that I have yet to find?
[Version 1.9.1]



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Paul Cook had trouble on 11 Apr 2012
Generally this is a great program worthy of lots of praise to the developer. However, there is one minor thing that has me confused.

I scanned a Mac and found some malware. It shows up in the ClamXav window. But, I can find no record of it in either of the log files.

Am I missing something here?
[Version 2.2.4]



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