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Bootable Installer Yosemite

In this post, I will go over instructions on how to create a bootable USB flash drive containing the Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite installer. These instructions will also work for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks (excluding a Yosemite-specific step) and differ significantly from the instructions for creating a Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard installer. I recommend making one for Yosemite, on an external hard drive or USB thumb drive, for many of the same reasons I recommend making a bootable Mavericks installer drive: If you want to install. There are many ways that you can create a bootable Mavericks USB Drive but this seems to me the far easiest way to do so. In this article I will assume that you already have a reasonable grasp of the OSX system and cut out the lengthy text: 1. Download Yosemite from the Apple Store. Yosemite can be downloaded directly from Apple Store here. Four months ago, Apple released the Yosemite Developer Preview. At that time, I went through the steps to create a USB installer that would copy the installation files necessary to install OS X 10.10. Download Hackintosh Yosemite Intel + AMD Support. Hackintosh Yosemite Installer can be used to install OS X Yosemite On PC without the need of a Mac. HP Processors with Insyde Bios. Use the DMG for Flash drive installation and use ISO for DVD Installation or Installing on a Virtual Machines. Many Improvements from 10.10.

Bootable Installer Yosemite

By Michael Argentini
Managing Partner, Technology and Design

Bootable Installer Yosemite

How do you erase your Mac hard drive and install OS X Yosemite without a startup disk? Normally the answer would be to boot into recovery mode. But what if you need to partition the hard drive, wiping the recovery partition? You need a bootable OS X Yosemite installer. Here's how to make one using Apple's built-in boot drive creation tool.

What You Need

  1. The 5GB OS X Yosemite installer app that downloads into your Applications folder when you first install it via the Mac App Store. The file name is Install OS X Yosemite. After you upgrade to Yosemite, this file is deleted. So you have to quit the installer once it appears in order to keep this file.
  2. A flash drive, external hard disk, SD card, or the like, with at least 8GB of capacity.
  3. Your Mac user account must be an Administrator. If it isn't, go to Users & Groups in System Preferences and assign Administrator to your user account. You can change it back to a standard user when you're finished. You can also sign in to your Mac as the administrator to create the bootable drive.

Step 1: Format Your Drive

First, you must partition and erase the drive so that it can be bootable. To do this, launch Disk Utility and choose the destination drive in the drive list (left column). On the right, in the Erase tab, choose to format the drive as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). These are the defaults, so just confirm the settings.

Next go to the Partition tab and under Partition Layout choose '1 Partition' in the dropdown menu. Change the name from 'Untitled 1' to 'Untitled'. This is so that the Terminal command below will find the drive. Once the process is complete, the drive name will be 'Install OS X Yosemite'.

Click the 'Options' button. In the dialog that appears, choose 'GUID Partition Table' as the partition scheme, then click 'OK'. Again, this is the default, so just confirm the setting.

Finally, click 'Apply' to confirm the settings and prepare the drive.

Step 2: Make the Drive a Yosemite Boot Installer

In a single command you'll create the bootable install drive. Pretty sweet! To do this, launch Terminal and enter the following command. Note, this assumes that you haven't moved the installer out of your Applications folder. If you have, simply replace '/Applications' with the location of the installer:

The sudo command will ask for your password. As you type it will not appear. This is normal. Just enter it and press return to create the boot drive.

Create Bootable Installer Yosemite

During installation, you'll see a progression of status messages.

Wait until you see a status of 'Done.' When you do, you can safely eject the drive and quit Terminal.

Step 3: Start Up from the Install Drive

Mac Bootable Installer Yosemite

If you open the new bootable drive in the Finder, you'll notice that it appears empty, other than the Install OS X Yosemite app. No worries. The boot files are hidden, and the installer app allows you to upgrade without booting from the drive if you don't need to.

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To boot from this new installer, shut down the Mac, plug in the bootable drive, and hold down the option key while powering back up. You should eventually see a series of bootable drives. Click on the one named 'Install OS X Yosemite' and press the return key.

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