Open the Terminal app, type or copy and paste the following command, and then press Return: defaults write com. Do this before you upgrade, because after that the Install file is deleted. Step 5: Move the Packages Folder Over to Your Drive Go ahead and open the System folder. If you download the Yosemite installer again, you could save it on the Flash drive and make the internal drive the target. It is virtually bulletproof, gives consistent results, and works without problems.
Would the flash drive be capable of installing Yosemite on my computer again? Rename the drive to Untitled. Because that's mainly what I want to archieve. You now have a bootable Yosemite install drive. Because that's mainly what I want to archieve. Launch the Terminal and copy and paste the next code into the Terminal window and hit return— you will be asked for your administration password! That is the only thing hanging up my adventure.
The Easiest Way: Use DiskMaker X By far the easiest way to create a bootable drive is to use the DiskMaker X application, which automates the entire process in the next method. Now you would be prompted to type in your password, then press Enter again. Now, let's move on to the actual process. Go ahead and close all of your windows, exit Terminal and Disk Utility, and eject your mounted disks to clean up your mess. Inside that drive, open the System folder, and then open the Installation folder. Drag the latter—the one with the drive name—into the Destination field on the right. I'm wary of going too high since this laptop is so old and I'm pretty new to doing my own upgrades.
Enter your admin-level account password when prompted. This process can take some time, so be patient, have some yogurt and blueberries or your snack of choice ; that should just about match the amount of time needed to complete the copying process. It is important to note that running the Yosemite update on your Mac before following the below procedures would erase the installer from your Applications folder. Since we wish to install Yosemite, you will have to select 10. It should take less than a minute to copy over. I wanted to have it in case there was trouble with El Captain, because I've heard some users may struggle with it. But, because it is basically barebones, the tool does not provide any indication as to how much time is left until the process completes.
This app is free to download, but if you want to support his efforts. The Terminal command used here assumes the drive is named Untitled. If you're getting an Undefined error: 0 warning when trying to install, this more than likely means that you forgot to perform Step 6 above, so make sure to copy over those two BaseSystem files. Want news and tips from TekRevue delivered directly to your inbox? Then hit Enter on your keyboard. Right-click the installer and select Show Package Contents from the context menu Figure F. For this reason, I strongly suggest using a name with no spaces and no special characters. Follow to properly format the drive.
Step 6: When the erasing process is complete, return to the first screen where you selected Disk Utility. Macworld also has bootable-install-drive instructions for , , and. There's the super easy way with the graphical user interface and the only slightly less easy way that requires some light Terminal use. Type in your admin password to continue and the Enter again. And if your Mac is experiencing problems, a bootable installer drive makes a handy emergency disk.
Do not interrupt the Terminal or eject the flash drive during the process. Once it is complete, quit Disk Utility. The procedure is a bit more involved with Yosemite than it was for Mavericks which was itself a bit more involved than under Mountain Lion and Lion. Select Another kind of disk if you want to use something else. And if you leave it there, the installer will delete itself after Yosemite finishes installing on your Mac. The partition scheme and volume properties of your flash drive will vary depending on manufacturer and previous configuration. Let Capital Mac Service be your Macintosh business connection in the Capital District area! Indeed, that's one of the reasons I routinely create a bootable Flash drive because it not only makes troubleshooting a lot easier but allows a totally fresh installation on internal drives after it's completely wiped.
Then just follow the rest of the prompts to start the disk-making process. If you're not sure if you're going to like Yosemite over Mavericks, I would suggest and installing Yosemite there, that way if anything goes wrong, your Mavericks installation will still be untouched. DiskMaker X would find the Yosemite Installer and have it installed on your thumb drive. You can now use this bootable drive to easily install Yosemite onto multiple computers, or you can use it as a recovery drive for use in the future. Enter the following command Figure E : defaults write com. I have made a donation to show my gratitude for everything you do for the community.
You won't visibly see your password typing, but it's happening—believe me. You can do this by double-clicking the drive's name to select it, and then type in the new name. You may exit the terminal window. Step 3: Launch TransMac software with admin rights by right-clicking on TransMac icon on the desktop and then clicking Run as administrator. The is the last version of the installer with which we verified this manual method using the Finder, Disk Utility, and Terminal.
If you don't, you'll have to redownload the installer from the Mac App Store before you can create a bootable installer drive. Then follow step 1 as per this tutorial. And, of course, make sure that you read the instructions carefully before starting. Choose your disk or partition from the list that appears, verify that you'd like to have the disk or partition erased, and then wait for the files to copy over. Restart your computer while holding the Option Alt key on your keyboard. Simply click Run button to continue using the software. Next, reboot with Cmd+R keys down at the chime.