Please share, if you know any tips to salvage data from a "compressed DMG" which no longer mounts (in my case, something went wrong during "scan image for restore").
Answering my own question here with a list of things to try.
- Disk Utility > First Aid > Repair Disk
- Disk Utility, try converting the image to an ISO
- try using 3rd party utility to convert the image, such as "dmg2iso" (sometimes this has a side effect of ignoring corrupt data, and the image will mount)
- try mounting with 3rd party utility such as Toast
hdiutil attach -ignorebadchecksums /Volumes/path/to/image
hdiutil mount -nomount -readwrite /Volumes/path/to/image(then try repair using DiskWarrior, etc)
I'll probably be fleshing this list out over the next week as I do more research. I want to take a look through these sites:
I found the following command to work on salvaging a corrupted dmg image. The solution started from reading your problem. I looked for a solution for three days.
hdiutil convert imac.dmg -format UDTO -o output.img
Background: I had used diskutil on OSX 10.8.2 to create an image of my iMac's internal drive. I transferred it up to my server and when I went to restore it to another disk it would not mount saying there were no valid file systems. I was devastated as I had too much confidence in the image and got rid of my timemachine images to save space. Okay I am a moron who should know better!
I googled the error and found this discussion. I tried all of the items and was not able to mount the dmg file. I knew the the image was basically good by running
hdiutil imageinfo imac.dmg which gave promising results:
Format Description: UDIF read-only compressed (zlib) Class Name: CUDIFDiskImage Checksum Type: CRC32
From a link provided in this thread http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1218394
I found a reference to http://vu1tur.eu.org/tools/ for dmg2img which DMG2IMG is an Apple's compressed dmg to standard (hfsplus) image disk file convert tool. I went to the read me file for the tool which had this note:
1. An equivalent command under Mac OS X would be: hdiutil convert <input.dmg> -format UDTO -o <output.img>
And that turned out to be the solution. I was able to mount the output file, which was the right size, 200GB, and extract the files I needed!
Brilliant; got the same issue (curse you, OSX Disk Utility restore feature...); after the conversion I was able to get the image and restore it. I suspect my image was compressed, since it end up being twice as big as the original DMG file.– rataplanNov 27, 2014 at 2:52
1Can confirm this solution still works, tried on MacOS 15.4. FWIW, lots of other answers suggest
hdiutil attach, but only
convertworked for me.– HayekApr 22, 2020 at 5:24
This worked for me as well, on am m1 mac in 2022. I don't know why it works, but it worked. Seems like it must be some kind of bug…– donatJDec 28, 2022 at 7:46
I had to use the
-mount suppressed flags to get my disk to mount. Without those flags, the errors kept causing the mount to abort. After mounting in this way, I was able to select a blank entry in the Disk Warrior drop-down and recover the majority of my files.
hdiutil attach -noverify -mount suppressed /Volumes/path/to/image
DiskWarrior can be used to rebuild some corrupt disk images, depending on the nature of the corruption. Might be worth a shot if you have a copy.
Most probably, it is dead beyond repair.
You will need to download or obtain it again.
1How can you tell that is broken beyond repair? I had the same issue and converting the image fixed the issue. An attempt is always a good thing to do, before give up :)– rataplanNov 27, 2014 at 2:50