10.9 Boot Drive

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by tom438, May 8, 2014.

  1. tom438 macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2012
    I'm trying to create a bootable usb drive of mavericks so I can install it on the new SSD i'm putting into my 2011 macbook pro.

    It's a USB2.0 drive so I would think it could take a while but it's been more than an hour now, and the available capacity of the drive is not going down.

    Is there a chance this could have frozen or can it just take that long?

  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Sounds like it may be hung, give a little longer but the odds are its stuck
  3. tom438 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2012
    Thanks. Should i just eject the drive and try again? Or is there a better way to create a boot drive than terminal?



    Ah nevermind. It has just this second sprung back to life and completed.

    Thanks anyway.
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Some drives have controllers that prevent it from being bootable.
  5. maphead macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2014
    BOOT Mavericks - no install

    Hey Mac-o-philes
    PLEASE post instructions for making a bootable Mavericks USB. I have a clean install - now I want to boot from my different start up disk (the bootable USB I need to make ) so that I can restore from a CCC clone.
    Repeat - Mavs is installed - I need to option a different start up disk.
  6. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    If you hold down the option key when booting a screen will come up that shows all bootable drives and you select from there. Is that what you are asking?
  7. maphead macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2014
    Nope - I need to produce a USB with just a boot version of Mavs on it so that I can do what you suggest.

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