How can I put Mac OSX 10.6 on 4 gig Flash drive?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by aerlenbach, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. aerlenbach macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2011
    After putting OSX Mountain Lion on a flash drive, and putting lion on one a year ago, I've decided that I want to try to collect all of the Mac Operating Systems (OSX) on Flash drives.
    I've got a disk of 10.6, but I only have a 4 gig flash drive.
    I've read somewhere that it's possible to pair down the OS to fit on a 4 gig. But I haven't found a place that would explain how to do it.
    If someone could help me with that, and also if someone could tell me what pairing down the os would do? If it would still be usable if it were small enough to fit on the flash drive?

    Thanks for the help :D
  2. alexreich macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2011
    There is no way to get OS X Snow Leopard on a 4GB flash drive. The retail installation disc is on a dual-layer DVD so it at the very least exceeds 4.7GBs (the storage capacity of a standard DVD), which is where Dual Layer disc comes into play, capable of holding 8GB of data.

    I don't know the exact amount of data on a Snow Leopard retail installation DVD-DL, but there is no way you'd be able to get a bootable installation on a 4GB stick.
  3. Drew017 macrumors 65816


    May 29, 2011
    East coast, USA
    Yep... you need at least an 8GB drive to install snow leopard on (because OS X Snow Leopard requires at least 5GB to install) though it will work much better if you had about a 10- 16GB
  4. Arelunde macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2011
    CA Central Coast
    Buy a larger stick - even a 32 GB stick is fairly cheap these days.

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