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Creating a Bootable Mavericks USB Stick (OSX 10.9)

Maverick - OSX 10.9

Maverick – OSX 10.9

Apple released Mavericks (OSX 10.9) earlier this week. Like previous releases, the update is available via the AppStore. Unlike previous releases, the update is available for free.

The download is a few gigs in size and if you are like me with multiple Macs, you won’t be wanting to download 3 times. The good news is that the process is pretty much the same as Snow Lion in creating a bootable USB stick. The easy option is to simply use an app like the DiskMaker X. But if you want to get your G33k on, here are the steps you need to take:

Step  1: Insert USB stick and fire up Disk Utility

Disk Utility
Step  2: Erase the USB drive using Mac OS Extended (Journaled) – leave the volume name as Untitled

Disk Utility Erase Screen

Step  3: Fire up a command line and type:

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app --nointeraction
Terminal

That’s it your done!

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