I am getting permission denied error on creating image of Mac 10.14. The order of steps are: Use Mac 10.14

  1. Go to disk utility
  2. File --> Image from Folder --> Select the Macintosh HD(ie Selcting the Volume)
  3. Save the image to Desktop by Keeping Encryption: None and Image Format: compressed.

Now, the disk utility will give 'Permission denied error'

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    So you're trying to create a disk image of your entire disk which includes the destination folder of the image in the image?
    – benwiggy
    Commented Jul 16, 2019 at 12:58
  • @benwiggy..yes I am trying to create the disk image of the entire disk. I also tried to save the image in the partition drive but got the same error
    – Radiance
    Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 7:36

1 Answer 1


I suspect that Disk Utility does not allow you to save an image inside the source of that image itself. How can it make an image that includes itself?

If you still get the error saving to another volume, then there may be some other issue.

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