Creating the bootable OS X installation drive with DiskMaker

The first step is to create a vanilla OS X installation drive. There is nothing Hackintosh specific about this step – we’re simply going to create a normal OS X installation drive that would work on any Mac.

This means you need access to a real Mac or working Hackintosh to be able to download OS X from the App Store and write it to a flash drive. Ideally, you have a friend who will let you use his Mac to carry out the following steps.

Notice: If you absolutely cannot get access to an existing Mac, there is one other option. It is possible to get an older version of OS X running in a virtual machine on VMWare using ‘patched’ images available on popular torrent sites. This is not recommended. If you were to get OS X up and running in a virtual machine in this way, you can follow the next steps normally.

  1. Get access to an existing computer running OS X
  2. Open up the Apple App Store and login.
  3. Click on the ‘purchased’ section.
  4. You should see ‘OS X El Capitan’ on the list of downloadable applications.
  5. Click the download button.
  6. Once the download has completed, close the installation screen that pops up.download-osx

Now you have downloaded OS X, it is time to write it to a USB drive with at least 8GB of available space. The easiest way to do this is to download DiskMaker X (http://diskmakerx.com/). Once downloaded, go ahead and Launch DiskMaker.

You’ll initially be asked to choose which version of OS X you wish to install. Choose El Capitan (10.11).diskmakerx

Next, choose the OS X installation file – it should automatically detect it in /Applications, so just press the highlighted option in /Applications. After choosing the OS X file, you’ll be prompted to select a USB device – select your chosen USB device with a storage capacity greater than 8GB.

DiskMaker will then proceed to create a bootable OS X drive. This can be quite a lengthy process, so don’t’ be disheartened if it isn’t done after 30 minutes.

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