How To Burn Mac OSX To USB

burn mac osx to usb

Today we are going to teach you How To Burn Mac OSX to USB. There are many reasons one might need to burn a Mac Operating system to a USB drive. For example, you may have just installed a brand new hard drive and need to install the operating system to it or your computer may be running slow, and you may want to start over with a fresh install. Now; there are multiple ways to do this. So we are going to walk you through all of them.

Option 1: Burn a Mac Operating System to USB using Terminal:

  1. Step 1: Insert your USB drive (At least 8GBs, as most OSX are over 4GB).
  2. Step 2: Open up Disk Utility (You can search for Disk Utility using the search icon in the upper left side of your screen).
  3. Select your USB drive and click erase. A screen will appear asking you for the Name which you want to format the drive with, A format and a scheme. We are going with the name ‘MyVolume‘. For format select: Mac OS Extended (Journaled), and for scheme select: GUID Partition Map.
  4. Now that you’ve formatted your drive. Go ahead and open terminal. (Before moving forward, make sure the operating system you are going to burn is located in the Applications folder.)
  5. We are ready to burn the operating system of your choice to the USB entitled ‘MyVolume’.  Copy and paste a command below (Depending on the Operating System you’ve downloaded).

For High Sierra: sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ –volume /Volumes/MyVolume

For Sierra: sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ –volume /Volumes/MyVolume –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\

For El Capitan: sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ –volume /Volumes/MyVolume –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\

For Yosemite: sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ –volume /Volumes/MyVolume –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\

For Mavericks: sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ –volume /Volumes/MyVolume –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\

  • After copying and pasting the command, please enter.
  • You will now be prompted to enter the administrator’s password. Enter your password and press enter again. If your system does not require a password. Just press enter.
  • You will now be prompted to type ‘Y’ to confirm you want to erase your USB drive. Type ‘Y’ and press enter.
  • Terminal will now show you the progress of burning your selected OSX to USB. This process usually takes between 20 minutes to an hour. Grab a snack and relax.

Note: The commands will not work if your drive is not named ‘MyVolume‘. If your drive is named something else. Adjust the commands to the name of your volume.

Option 2:  Burn Mac OSX using Install Disk Creator (Easiest Method):

Using this application to create a bootable installer is probably the easiest way to Burn Mac OSX to USB. Here are the steps:

  1. Click here to download and install the application.
  2. Select the volume to become the installer. (Click the drop down menu, and select the USB drive you want to burn the OSX to).
  3. Click ‘Choose a macOS installer’ and locate the Operating system you would like to burn to the USB drive.
  4. Click ‘Create Installer’ and sit back as the application takes care of the rest!

It should look something like this:

If for some reason; you are unable to burn your mac operating system to USB. Leave us a comment below and we will be happy to help you out. Thank you for reading.


How To Boot Mac From a CD/DVD or USB Drive.

If you are reading this, most likely you have a operating system burned to a CD/DVD or a USB drive and would like to boot your mac system from it. If so then you’ve come to the right place.

How to boot your Mac System from a CD/DVD media:

  1. Insert your CD/DVD media.
  2. Turn your mac off by holding down the power key and or by clicking on the apple logo in the upper left corner of your screen, and click shutdown.
  3. Turn your mac on.
  4. Press and hold the ‘C‘ key on your keyboard once you hear the startup chime. (if this doesn’t work; some mac require you to press and hold the ‘C’ key simultaneously with the ‘Option‘ key.
  5. You should have successfully booted your mac from the CD/DVD media you’ve inserted earlier.

Tip: Make sure your CD/DVD is a bootable media.

How to boot your Mac System from a USB device:

  1. Insert your bootable USB device.
  2. Turn your mac on by pressing the power button.
  3. Press and hold the Option (⌥) key as soon as you hear the startup chime.
  4. Release the key once you see the startup options appear on the screen.
  5. Select the drive you would like to boot from.

The following image represents a similar screen you should be seeing:

how to boot from usb mac

If for some reason you are unable to boot from your CD, DVD or USB drive. Drop us a comment and we will be happy to help you out. Thank you for reading!



How To Reset SMC on a Mac

So your mac is having strange problems. You’ve tried it all and nothing works! You’ve reseted the NVRAM (which some people may refer to as PRAM), and you are still experiencing these issues. Well today we are going to look into how to reset SMC on a mac, which may or may not fix your problem.

SMC means System Management controller and it is responsible for controlling and managing system hardware for power consumption, battery charging and battery function, thermal activity and fan activity, LED lighting for keyboards and displays, GPU functionality with video mode changes and video output, sleep and wake, and other core hardware functionality on a Mac.

Basically the SMC is manages the following:

  • Responding to presses of the power button
  • Responding to the display lid opening and closing on Mac notebooks
  • Battery management
  • Thermal management
  • Sudden Motion Sensor (SMS)
  • Ambient light sensing
  • Keyboard backlighting
  • Status indicator light (SIL) management
  • Battery status indicator lights
  • Selecting an external (instead of internal) video source for some iMac displays

You may want to reset your SMC if you are having one of the following issues?

  1. Your fan runs constantly at high speeds or is not working at all.
  2. Your mac won’t turn on, won’t either go to sleep or wake up from sleep.
  3. Random shutdowns and reboots.
  4. Battery indicator lights won’t work or battery wouldn’t even charge.
  5. Display brightness functionality isn’t working
  6. And the list goes on!

Before you reset your SMC; try a NVRAM reset, also referred to as a PRAM reset. Here is our article on how to reset NVRAM on a mac.

Here is how you can effectively reset the SMC on your Mac:

If the battery is nonremovable:

  1. Choose Apple menu > Shut Down.
  2. After your Mac shuts down, press Shift-Control-Option on the left side of the built-in keyboard, then press the power button at the same time. Hold these keys and the power button for 10 seconds.
    If you have a MacBook Pro with Touch ID, the Touch ID button is also the power button.
  3. Release all keys.
  4. Press the power button again to turn on your Mac.

If the battery is removable:

  1. Shut down your Mac.
  2. Remove the battery. If you need help removing the battery, contact an Apple Authorized Service Provider or Apple Retail Store.
  3. Press and hold the power button for 5 seconds.
  4. Reinstall the battery.
  5. Press the power button again to turn on your Mac.

The following is a picture on what buttons you should be holding down to reset the SMC:

If for some reason, after resetting your computer’s SMC. You are still experiencing power issues. Leave us a comment and we will be happy to help you out! Thank you for reading.

How To Reset NVRAM / PRAM on a MAC

Today we are going to talk about How To Reset NVRAM / PRAM on a MAC. There are many reasons to reset your NVRAM; some may refer to it as PRAM. NVRAM stands for nonvolatile random-access memory. It is a small amount of memory used to store certain settings and configuration on your mac system.  The following are some of the config your NVRAM may store:

  • Status of Messages
  • Display Resolution
  • Start Up Drive / Disk Selection
  • Serial Port Configuration and Port definition
  • Alarm clock setting
  • Application font
  • Time Zone
  • Serial printer location
  • Autokey rate
  • Autokey delay
  • Sound volume
  • Attention (beep) sound
  • Double-click time
  • Caret blink time (insertion point rate)
  • Mouse scaling (mouse speed)
  • Startup disk
  • Menu blink count
  • Monitor depth
  • 32-bit addressing
  • Virtual memory
  • RAM disk
  • Disk cache
  • Recent Kernel panic information.

If for some reason your mac is having some weird problems such as running slow. Or your fan is spinning non stop. Or your battery is stuck at a certain percentage, even though you’ve left it plugged in overnight. Resetting the NVRAM or PRAM may fix the issue.

So if you are here because your mac is acting up. You may be able to fix the issue by resetting the NVRAM. Here is how you do this:

  1. First start off by completely shutting down your computer. Once your computer is shut down; proceed to step 2.
  2. Press the power button to turn the computer on. Let go of the power button and press the Option + Command + P + R keys simultaneously.
  3. Don’t let go of the keys as your computer restarts.
  4. If your computer restarts while following these steps. Congratulations! You have successfully reseted your PRAM.

The following image shows you the keys needed to be held down to reset the NVRAM:




After resetting your NVRAM. Some things like your mouse speed, Date, time and start up disk (if you have a specific hard drive you are booting from) may change. Upon logging back into your system; you may want to change your settings.

If for some reason. You’ve reseted your PRAM and you are still having issues. Leave us a comment and we will be happy to help you out! Thanks for reading.