Bootable USB Mavericks install

hikeNM

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Original poster
Hello all,

I'm making a bootable USB Mavericks install and the first step is to download the Install OS X Mavericks.app from the app store.

If I already have installed Mavericks, is that file already on my computer, or do I have to re-download it?

Thanks
 

prisstratton

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Dec 20, 2011
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Hello all,

I'm making a bootable USB Mavericks install and the first step is to download the Install OS X Mavericks.app from the app store.

If I already have installed Mavericks, is that file already on my computer, or do I have to re-download it?

Thanks
After the Mavericks installation is completed the original installer is deleted, you need to download it again.
 

dmrowley

macrumors 6502
Aug 4, 2010
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Dortches, NC
After you download, and the Install Mavericks screen comes up, leave it open. Find the Mavericks installer file in your Applications directory, and make a copy of it in your Downloads folder. That's what I do, then I use DiskMaker X to make the bootable USB drive. Works great. I just used my USB drive to do a fresh install of 10.9.1 on my daughters MacBook Pro.
 

41Mac

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May 15, 2013
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After you download, and the Install Mavericks screen comes up, leave it open. Find the Mavericks installer file in your Applications directory, and make a copy of it in your Downloads folder. That's what I do, then I use DiskMaker X to make the bootable USB drive. Works great. I just used my USB drive to do a fresh install of 10.9.1 on my daughters MacBook Pro.
Is the Mavericks on the pen drive and subsequent installs associated with your apple ID? So for updates, that apple ID would be needed to authenticate?
 

Weaselboy

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Jan 23, 2005
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Is the Mavericks on the pen drive and subsequent installs associated with your apple ID? So for updates, that apple ID would be needed to authenticate?
No, you won't be asked for an AppleID for an install off a USB key. But if after that install you try to command-r to recovery and reinstall from there, you will be asked for an AppleID.
 
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