How To 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.


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