1. Main Features
- Handles disk creation, backup, encryption, and more
- Mounts and ejects disk volumes
- Erases, formats, partitions, and clones disks
2. Software Overview
Apple Disk Utility is a system tool that is included with Mac OS X. It is used by the system to perform various tasks on disks and disk volumes but can also be accessed directly with the command line.
Whenever you perform any type of task that accesses any form of disk on a Mac, the system uses Disk Utility. This includes everything from mounting a disk volume or image to verifying a disk's integrity and formatting a disk. You can access the utility directly with the command line using the hdiutil and diskutil commands.
If you use an OS X based computer, you are more than likely already using Disk Utility. More advanced users who are comfortable with with a command line interface may be interested in interacting with the utility directly using terminal.
3. Supported File Types
|1||.CDR||Macintosh DVD/CD Master|
|2||.DMGPART||Mac OS X Disk Image Part|
|3||.FPBF||Mac OS X Burn Folder|
|5||.IMAGE||Apple Disk Image|
|6||.IMG||Macintosh Disk Image|
|7||.ISO||Disc Image File|
|8||.JRZ||PSP Game Data File|
|9||.NDIF||Apple New Disk Image Format File|
|10||.SMI||Self-Mounting Disk Image|
|11||.SPARSEBUNDLE||Mac OS X Sparse Bundle|
|12||.SPARSEIMAGE||Mac OS X Sparse Image|
Updated: June 20, 2014