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OS X Mavericks Bootable USB Drive

With the development of OS X 10.9 Mavericks finally finished and the release only a few weeks away, I thought I would share the quickest and simplest way to create a bootable USB drive. This process will allow you to complete a clean install of OS X Mavericks once it's publicly available.

I had previously shared a manual process to clean install the developer preview, but this is my new preferred method, requiring only one command.

To start you will need an 8GB USB drive and access to the Mac App Store download of OS X Mavericks. Once downloaded it's simply a case of inserting the USB drive, opening Terminal and running the following command:

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ --volume /Volumes/LifeinTECH --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ --nointeraction

The only part of the command that must be changed is the name of the USB drive (e.g. bold and underlined above).

This command will automatically erase the USB drive and install a bootable version of OS X Mavericks. The entire process can take up to 15mins without any indication, however it will prompt once the process is complete (see the image below).

You can now restart your Mac and hold the "Option" key during startup. This will allow you to boot from your newly created USB drive and clean install OS X Mavericks. Enjoy!

Reader Comments (3)


But make sure that he downloaded setup file "Install OS X" is placed in the Applications folder and make sure you USB stick is named "untitled".

October 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNpr Eddine Bahha

But where do you find the app, when it's downloaded from the store?
Where does MacOS ML store the temp-files and they vaporize after completing the download - how do you solve that?

October 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjaap

@jaap The installer is in /Applications/Install OS X The installer removes itself during the install, so you have to follow the procedure above after you've downloaded it from the App Store but before installing. If you've already completed the install, you'll have to download it again.

October 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterUh Clem

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