If your Mac’s hard drive is damaged or won’t start up correctly, a USB drive with OS X install is a great backup solution. You can create a bootable USB drive right from your Mac using Disk Utility. This portable OS X drive is fast and reliable and especially useful for those frequently booting various operating systems and partitioning hard drives. A USB drive with OS X installation can also replace the standard OS X installation disc.
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Things you need
- USB flash drive 8GB or higher
- OS X Leopard retail disc
Insert the USB flash into an empty slot your Apple computer.
Open the “Applications” folder, select “Utilities” and then “Disk Utility.”
Select the USB drive and click the “Erase” tab.
Choose “Volume Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” and name the USB stick. Click “Erase.”
Select the “Restore” tab.
Insert the OS X retail disc.
Drag the OS X disc image into the “Source” box.
Drag the USB stick into the “Destination” box.
Uncheck the “Erase destination” box.
Tips and warnings
- When formatting the USB drive, you will lose any data on it. Be sure to back it up before beginning the process.
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