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:
- Step 1: Insert your USB drive (At least 8GBs, as most OSX are over 4GB).
- Step 2: Open up Disk Utility (You can search for Disk Utility using the search icon in the upper left side of your screen).
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/MyVolume
For Sierra: sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/MyVolume –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app
For El Capitan: sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/MyVolume –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app
For Yosemite: sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/MyVolume –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app
For Mavericks: sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/MyVolume –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app
- 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:
- Click here to download and install the application.
- Select the volume to become the installer. (Click the drop down menu, and select the USB drive you want to burn the OSX to).
- Click ‘Choose a macOS installer’ and locate the Operating system you would like to burn to the USB drive.
- 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.