Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Systems and Services > OS X > OS X Yosemite (10.10)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Jul 24, 2014, 05:34 PM   #1
tywebb13
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Yosemite Public Beta Bootable USB installers

Here is how to make a bootable usb of the yosemite public beta installers. It is much easier than for yosemite DP1 and similar to how you do it for mavericks (but obviously the installer name has changed).

Format an 8 GB USB drive which should be called Untitled and formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). The installer should be called Install OS X Yosemite Beta.app and should be in your Applications folder.

Run this in terminal and wait about 20 minutes:

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite\ Beta.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite\ Beta.app --nointeraction

You can boot up from it by selecting it from the startup manager you get when starting your computer and holding down the option key.

EDIT: This code was first used for PB1 but also works for PB2, PB3 and PB4.

Last edited by tywebb13; Sep 30, 2014 at 08:14 PM.
tywebb13 is online now   14 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 24, 2014, 07:10 PM   #2
bobbytomorow
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Vancouver
Thumbs up

This method works great, cheers
bobbytomorow is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 24, 2014, 08:37 PM   #3
tywebb13
Thread Starter
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Yeah it works pretty good. But this is build 14A299l for a public beta which won't necessarily give access to future developer previews and so I caution developers with DP4 (build 14A298i) not to install this over the top of DP4.

It would be better to install it on a separate partition or virtual machine.
tywebb13 is online now   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 24, 2014, 08:49 PM   #4
dmckinneysr
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Help

When I paste given link into terminal it asks for password and then when I try to click an type password I can't type anything...Did I miss something?
dmckinneysr is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 24, 2014, 09:31 PM   #5
JKarnsy
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Quote:
Originally Posted by dmckinneysr View Post
When I paste given link into terminal it asks for password and then when I try to click an type password I can't type anything...Did I miss something?
Just type your password and click enter. It is in fact inputing the password even though you don't see it.
JKarnsy is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 24, 2014, 10:03 PM   #6
SandboxGeneral
Moderator
 
SandboxGeneral's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: The New World
Quote:
Originally Posted by tywebb13 View Post
Here is how to make a bootable usb of the yosemite beta 1 installer. It is much easier than for yosemite DP1 and similar to how you do it for mavericks (but obviously the installer name has changed).

Format an 8 GB USB drive which should be called Untitled and formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). The installer should be called Install OS X Yosemite Beta.app and should be in your Applications folder.

Run this in terminal and wait about 20 minutes:

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite\ Beta.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite\ Beta.app --nointeraction

You can boot up from it by selecting it from the startup manager you get when starting your computer and holding down the option key.
This worked great! Thanks for posting it.

I'm about 15 minutes from finishing the install on my external SSD right now.
__________________
SandboxGeneral is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 24, 2014, 11:32 PM   #7
Nermal
Moderator
 
Nermal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Whakatane, New Zealand
Quote:
Originally Posted by tywebb13 View Post
--nointeraction
I used to see people suggesting this switch with earlier versions as well, and I never understood:

a) Where it comes from (it's not listed in createinstallmedia's documentation).
b) Why you'd want to use it - It presumably removes the confirmation step, therefore making the command potentially unsafe, and it takes longer to type than pressing Y at the prompt.

Why do you suggest it? I've been wondering for some time and finally got around to asking
Nermal is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 24, 2014, 11:59 PM   #8
g35
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Thanks for the info. Will this also create a recovery partition if I do a clean install with this USB stick?
g35 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 25, 2014, 12:31 AM   #9
lolkthxbai
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: May 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nermal View Post
I used to see people suggesting this switch with earlier versions as well, and I never understood:

a) Where it comes from (it's not listed in createinstallmedia's documentation).
b) Why you'd want to use it - It presumably removes the confirmation step, therefore making the command potentially unsafe, and it takes longer to type than pressing Y at the prompt.

Why do you suggest it? I've been wondering for some time and finally got around to asking
You pretty much answered your own question. ;-)
lolkthxbai is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 25, 2014, 12:55 AM   #10
dmckinneysr
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Help again

ok so i followed the instruction given, now when I put password I get:

Password: (I ENTER PASSWORD HERE)
sudo: /Applications/Install OS X Yosemite Beta.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia: command not found

ANY SUGGESTIONS???
dmckinneysr is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 25, 2014, 01:28 AM   #11
Nermal
Moderator
 
Nermal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Whakatane, New Zealand
Check that your installer is in /Applications and that the name matches. You can use the Tab key when entering the path to verify that it's valid.

Quote:
Originally Posted by lolkthxbai View Post
You pretty much answered your own question. ;-)
I did? I'm more confused than ever now!
Nermal is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 25, 2014, 02:24 AM   #12
coolfactor
macrumors 68000
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Vancouver, BC CANADA
I tried installing onto a partition of an external Firewire 400 drive connected to my 2007 MacBook Pro, which was running Mavericks. After several attempts, it's failing to start up. I get a progress bar during the startup that never gets past the half way point, and the fan is blasting.

Because my first attempt was to do a normal install onto the external from the downloaded Yosemite installer, it changed the boot sequence for my primary internal boot disk, so it will no longer boot into Mavericks.

Thankfully, I do have a rescue boot disk that loads up fine, but I'm at a loss why this is being so troublesome.
coolfactor is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 25, 2014, 04:29 AM   #13
sanke1
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
How to make a bootable USB from Windows?
sanke1 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 25, 2014, 05:44 AM   #14
SandboxGeneral
Moderator
 
SandboxGeneral's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: The New World
Quote:
Originally Posted by g35 View Post
Thanks for the info. Will this also create a recovery partition if I do a clean install with this USB stick?
Yes, it will.
__________________
SandboxGeneral is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 25, 2014, 05:46 AM   #15
maflynn
Moderator
 
maflynn's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Boston
Quote:
Originally Posted by SandboxGeneral View Post
Yes, it will.
I thought USB installations did not create recovery partitions or did I miss something.
__________________
~Mike Flynn
maflynn is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 25, 2014, 05:52 AM   #16
jg321
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: UK
Thanks for posting this. Incidentally, I used the "other" method, which relies on copying over the Packages directory and two other files.

Clean install on my rMBP, upgrade on my iMac just for good measure. Running lovely so far.
jg321 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 25, 2014, 05:53 AM   #17
SandboxGeneral
Moderator
 
SandboxGeneral's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: The New World
Quote:
Originally Posted by maflynn View Post
I thought USB installations did not create recovery partitions or did I miss something.
Well it did. I installed it last night on an external Samsung 830 SSD from a USB drive following the OP's instructions in this thread.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	2014-07-25 05.46.25.jpg
Views:	324
Size:	3.23 MB
ID:	482224  
__________________
SandboxGeneral is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 25, 2014, 05:56 AM   #18
maflynn
Moderator
 
maflynn's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Boston
Quote:
Originally Posted by SandboxGeneral View Post
Well it did. I installed it last night on an external Samsung 830 SSD from a USB drive following the OP's instructions in this thread.
At some point in creating USB installers in the past it was reported that the recovery partition would not be created. I guess things have changed. I'm one of the few folks who have not installed Yosemite on their Macs.
__________________
~Mike Flynn
maflynn is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 25, 2014, 05:59 AM   #19
SandboxGeneral
Moderator
 
SandboxGeneral's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: The New World
Quote:
Originally Posted by maflynn View Post
At some point in creating USB installers in the past it was reported that the recovery partition would not be created. I guess things have changed. I'm one of the few folks who have not installed Yosemite on their Macs.
This is my first time ever installing a beta and the first time ever installing an OS from a USB drive. The whole process went quite smoothly.
__________________
SandboxGeneral is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 25, 2014, 06:05 AM   #20
tywebb13
Thread Starter
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by maflynn View Post
I thought USB installations did not create recovery partitions or did I miss something.
That depends on how you make it.

Lion and Mountain Lion usbs made with restoring the InstallESD.dmg to the usb will create recovery partitions.

The bootable usb made for the first developer preview of mavericks with manual methods indeed did not make a recovery partition. But this was compensated by the fact that you could manually create one anyway.

Every full installer since DP4 of mavericks have had createinstallmedia and bootable usbs made with that also created recovery partitions (including DP1 of yosemite, although you had to edit the installer to get it to work).
tywebb13 is online now   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 25, 2014, 08:15 AM   #21
ninethirty
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Quick question if anyone can answer this for me. I'd like to install on a partition, and slowly start to use Yosemite over Mavericks as I discover that bugs and whatnot aren't an issue. Will it be possible for me at some point in the future to delete my original partition (with Mavericks) and just have this one take over and be the only partition on my drive. Or does that make no sense at all? Cheers!
ninethirty is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 25, 2014, 10:51 AM   #22
roland.g
macrumors 603
 
roland.g's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: One mile up and soaring
I did this but when I reboot, it doesn't reboot to Yosemite, it reboots to the Yosemite installer. I thought this circumvented the installation by putting the OS through a terminal command right onto the USB disk?

Am I missing something?
__________________
I know this because Tyler knows this.
You are not a beautiful snowflake. You are the same decaying matter as everything else.
roland.g is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 25, 2014, 10:53 AM   #23
SandboxGeneral
Moderator
 
SandboxGeneral's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: The New World
Quote:
Originally Posted by roland.g View Post
I did this but when I reboot, it doesn't reboot to Yosemite, it reboots to the Yosemite installer. I thought this circumvented the installation by putting the OS through a terminal command right onto the USB disk?

Am I missing something?
All this does is make an installer USB drive. You use it to install Yosemite to another, separate drive or partition.
__________________
SandboxGeneral is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 25, 2014, 10:57 AM   #24
roland.g
macrumors 603
 
roland.g's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: One mile up and soaring
Quote:
Originally Posted by SandboxGeneral View Post
All this does is make an installer USB drive. You use it to install Yosemite to another, separate drive or partition.
Gotcha. It seems to be allowing me to install it on the USB drive. Hopefully it will be able to boot and run from there.
__________________
I know this because Tyler knows this.
You are not a beautiful snowflake. You are the same decaying matter as everything else.
roland.g is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 25, 2014, 11:00 AM   #25
SandboxGeneral
Moderator
 
SandboxGeneral's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: The New World
Quote:
Originally Posted by roland.g View Post
Gotcha. It seems to be allowing me to install it on the USB drive. Hopefully it will be able to boot and run from there.
It should. That's what I did. I used a USB drive to put the installer on, then installed it on an external USB 3 SSD and it's working just fine.
__________________
SandboxGeneral is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Systems and Services > OS X > OS X Yosemite (10.10)

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Can anyone help me; Yosemite Public Beta L T OS X Yosemite (10.10) 14 Jul 26, 2014 10:45 AM
Yosemite Public Beta and iCloud roland.g OS X Yosemite (10.10) 17 Jul 24, 2014 05:02 PM
OS X Yosemite Public Beta live DarkCole OS X Yosemite (10.10) 12 Jul 24, 2014 12:23 PM
OSX Yosemite public beta. Hansana OS X Yosemite (10.10) 5 Jul 23, 2014 10:18 PM
OS X Yosemite Public Beta Invites ryansimmons323 OS X Yosemite (10.10) 32 Jun 23, 2014 02:09 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:32 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC