How to Install Mac OS on an Acer Aspire One Using a Thumb Drive

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How to Install Mac OS on an Acer Aspire One Using a Thumb Drive
Installing Mac OS X on PC hardware has become increasingly streamlined. (snow leopard image by Steve Mutch from

The new generation of small laptops called netbooks have become the perfect candidates for running Mac OS X on PC hardware. These machines have been dubbed "Hackintoshes" and there is a huge online community supporting the development. It's easier than ever to load the Apple system on your Acer netbook, so long as you properly format the USB thumb drive needed to install the system. The process is fairly simple and should take only a couple hours.

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Things you need

  • Mac OS X (10.5+) Install DVD
  • USB flash drive (8GB+)
  • Netbook Installer utility
  • Apple computer
  • Acer Aspire

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  1. 1

    Insert the Mac OS installation disk into the optical drive of an Apple computer. Insert the USB drive as well. An Apple is needed for the first few steps to properly format the USB drive.

  2. 2

    Open Disk Utility, located within the Applications folder. Select the USB drive from Disk Utility's sidebar and select the "Partition" tab. Set the "Volume Scheme" to "1 Partition." Click "Options" and select "Master Boot Record." Set a name for the drive and click "Apply."

  3. 3

    Select the "Restore" tab after the format finishes. Drag the Mac OS X Install DVD from the sidebar into the "Source" box. Drag the USB drive's newly formatted partition from the sidebar into the "Destination" box. Click "Restore." Confirm the action. It will take roughly an hour to apply the DVD to the USB flash drive.

  4. 4

    Download the Netbook Installer utility while the flash drive is formatting. See Resources for a link. Once finished, open the utility and select the USB drive (it will be named "Mac OS X Install DVD") from the drop-down menu. Click "Prepare Boot Drive." Once finished, you can remove the thumb drive and you are done with the Apple computer.

  5. 5

    Power on the Acer Aspire (or restart) and press "F2" as the computer boots up to load the BIOS settings menu. Navigate to the "Boot" tab and set "USB Storage" as the first component to boot. Press "F10" to save the changes and exit the BIOS screens.

  6. 6

    Insert the USB drive into the Acer and restart the computer again. The system will launch in the Mac OS X Installer. Select "Disk Utility" from the "Utilities" menu.

  7. 7

    Highlight the computer's hard drive (not the flash drive) and select the "Partition" tab. Set the "Volume Scheme" to "1 Partition." Click "Options" and select "GUID Partition Table." Set the "Format" to "Mac OS X Extended (Journaled)." Click "Apply." Once this is completed, exit Disk Utility.

  8. 8

    Begin the installation, following the on-screen prompts. It will take roughly an hour for the installation to complete. Once it's complete, the system will reboot and load into the Mac OS X system on your Acer Aspire.

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