Bootable USB Mavericks install

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by hikeNM, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. hikeNM macrumors 6502a

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    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
     
  2. prisstratton macrumors 6502

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    After the Mavericks installation is completed the original installer is deleted, you need to download it again.
     
  3. hikeNM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ahh, so it automagically gets deleted after the install?

    Also, if I download the installer on my laptop, will the USB drive work if I wanted to reinstall mavericks on my iMac?
     
  4. satcomer macrumors 603

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    You also could make a USB thumb drive installer using the terminal commands listed down the article Installing OS X 10.9 Mavericks: Our complete guide.
     
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  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yes to both.
     
  7. hikeNM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks
     
  8. dmrowley macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  9. 41Mac macrumors newbie

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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?
     
  10. Weaselboy Moderator

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    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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