Bootable DVD for Sierra installer

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by tywebb13, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. tywebb13 macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2012
    First I should point out that this is a very geeky thing and a dvd will boot much slower than a usb. So if you want a faster boot it would be better to make a bootable usb instead for which instructions are here:

    Nevertheless some people want to have a bootable dvd too.

    To do this copy and paste these into terminal to make the bootable iso file (assuming you have already downloaded Sierra to your Applications folder via the mac app store):

    hdiutil attach /Applications/Install\ macOS\ -noverify -nobrowse -mountpoint /Volumes/install_app

    hdiutil create -o /tmp/Sierra.cdr -size 7500m -layout SPUD -fs HFS+J

    hdiutil attach /tmp/Sierra.cdr.dmg -noverify -nobrowse -mountpoint /Volumes/install_build

    asr restore -source /Volumes/install_app/BaseSystem.dmg -target /Volumes/install_build -noprompt -noverify -erase

    rm /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System/System/Installation/Packages

    cp -rp /Volumes/install_app/Packages /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System/System/Installation/

    cp -rp /Volumes/install_app/BaseSystem.chunklist /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System/BaseSystem.chunklist

    cp -rp /Volumes/install_app/BaseSystem.dmg /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System/BaseSystem.dmg

    hdiutil detach /Volumes/install_app

    hdiutil detach /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System/

    hdiutil convert /tmp/Sierra.cdr.dmg -format UDTO -o /tmp/Sierra.iso

    mv /tmp/Sierra.iso.cdr ~/Desktop/Sierra.iso

    A bootable iso file called Sierra.iso will then appear on your desktop and you can use this to burn it to a dual layer dvd:

    sudo drutil burn /Users/YOURNAME/Desktop/Sierra.iso

    where you replace "YOURNAME" with the username for the account you are logged into at the time.

    and then boot to startup manager with option key to select the dvd.
  2. SignedAdam macrumors newbie


    Sep 30, 2016
    @tywebb13 - Thank you, I can confirm that your Guilde works, I was able to boot the 8gb DVD, and install macOS Sierra (16A323) to a Disk, and then boot from that Disk, in to macOS sierra on a (iMac 27-inch late 2009)
  3. SignedAdam macrumors newbie


    Sep 30, 2016
    I've tried this same guide but it doesnt work for macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    This might be possible, but creating a bootable USB flash drive installer is less trouble and will probably boot much faster for the install...
  5. tywebb13 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2012
    This method is for Sierra only. Not High Sierra or any other system.

    I already said that in my first post.
  6. jeremy12777 macrumors newbie


    Sep 26, 2017
    What is the terminal command steps to make the app store high sierra that got released to public how to make into a bootable dvd
    Everyone i find its only for beta please help as i have no usb drives and want it on a dual layer dvd
  7. ronba macrumors newbie


    Oct 2, 2017
    This is the first line of syntax for High Sierra:
    hdiutil attach /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ -noverify -nobrowse -mountpoint /Volumes/install_app
  8. tywebb13, Oct 2, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2017

    tywebb13 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2012
    As I said before this thread is for instructions for a Sierra dvd ONLY. Not for other systems. Others have tried to extend this over to High Sierra without success, e.g.. in this thread:

    I personally have wasted several DVDs and blurays trying to make a bootable disk for High Sierra with several methods to no avail.

    I'm not sure it is possible for High Sierra.

    We may have come to the end of the road as far as this sort of thing is concerned.

    I'm just glad I was able to make bootable dvds for Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan and Sierra. It has progressively become more and more difficult to do so though with each release, especially after Mountain Lion.

    Maybe I'm wrong and someone can come up with a working solution for High Sierra. If so then it would be more appropriate to post the solution into br0adband's thread, rather than this one because that thread is specifically for a bootable iso for High Sierra.

    Several other methods are also suggested on github, but these don't work either yet to make a bootable dvd or bluray for High Sierra (including the one posted there today, which although gives a bootable iso, it doesn’t boot a dvd - for computers formatted as apfs - although it did boot for computers formatted as hfs+).
  9. Jayson A macrumors 68000

    Sep 16, 2014
    I have a third party graphics card in my Mac Pro so I don't have a boot screen. I'm hoping by doing this, I'd be able to hold down "C" and have the computer boot from the DVD drive instead of having to hold option and choose the flash drive. Would this "C" method work if I make this installer DVD?

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