Yosemite bootable USB installer

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  1. tywebb13, Oct 16, 2014
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    tywebb13 macrumors 68020

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    Here is how to make a bootable usb of the yosemite installer after you download the full installer app from the mac app store.

    Format an 8 GB USB drive which should be called Untitled and formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). The installer should be called Install OS X Yosemite.app and should be in your Applications folder.

    Run this in terminal and wait about 20 minutes:

    sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app --nointeraction

    You can boot up from it by selecting it from the startup manager you get when starting your computer and holding down the option key.
     
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    Hmmm is it correct for me to say people should be warned not to have any other files titled "Untitled" because they will be deleted?
     
  4. tywebb13, Oct 16, 2014
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    I wouldn't worry about files as such. But maybe for drives and partitions, I would say yes. That would be wise.
     
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    Just download the beta (http://diskmakerx.com). Scroll to the bottom of the page. The beta seems to work just fine with the final Yosemite build.
     
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    Had issues a while back with this and finally realized it was the "Untitled" thingy that I had to change :mad:
     
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    will the terminal method create a recovery partition?
     
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    You can install Yosemite directly to a SDXC card and choose that as the startup disk as an easy way to dual boot without partitioning or carrying an external usb drive with you. However, the card will get quite warm after a while and performance will take a bit of a hit.
     
  10. definitive macrumors 68000

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    had an error pop up saying that the disk couldn't be finished, after a large portion of files were copied when using the current version available.

    the recovery partition will probably be made during the installation of the os
     
  11. tywebb13 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That may be so. But this thread is for a bootable usb installer, not for running the whole system on a usb.

    Anyway, for external drives, for this, you'd be better off with an extenal HD or external SSD rather than a usb or sd card.
     
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    Diskmaker worked fine for me (made from mavericks)

    Yes it makes a recovery partition (just did clean install using diskmaker)
     
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    Thanks tywebb13 :)
     
  15. Regbial macrumors 6502

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    Could we maybe change the USB name to something else as to not have our "Untitled" files deleted?
     
  16. tywebb13 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yeah. But my experience with people who change things with this is that they stuff it up.

    You might not though. So if you call it something, you can then run this:

    sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/something --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Yosemite.app --nointeraction
     
  17. VacTacks11 macrumors member

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    I can confirm that both the terminal and liondiskmaker methods do not create a recovery partition.
     
  18. tywebb13, Oct 16, 2014
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    tywebb13 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    A recovery partition will be created by the usb made this way, if you use it to installl yosemite. But the installer may also create core storage logical volumes which prevents the recovery partition from showing up in the startup manager.

    If the yosemite installation creates a core storage logical volume you can revert it to get partitions back to normal by running these 2 commands in terminal.

    diskutil cs list

    and then

    diskutil coreStorage revert lvUUID

    where lvUUID is the last lvUUID reported by the previous Terminal command.

    Then restart for everything to get back to normal after you have run these commands in Terminal.

    The recovery partition will then show up in the startup manager.
     
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    So I could update our laptop as well without downloading twice
    and just in case (touch wood/hasn't been needed before...) wanting
    Boot-ability I did something for Mavericks and not recalling procedure exactly have found what sounds like it in Apple Community
    https://discussions.apple.com/message/21202933#21202933
    and I've prepped a thumb drive accordingly - just wondered if there is any new method of doing this or do i go boldly into where i've never gone before; terminal?
    i have downloaded Yosemite now, just not launched ... Thanks in advance ...
    Steven
     
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    NVM I decided to just rename all my "Untitled" documents, and/or put them in folders. I have a lot of "untitled folders" but hopefully those wont be affected.

    Thank you though.
     
  21. cinealta, Oct 16, 2014
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    This worked great for me. Thanks!
     
  22. tywebb13 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I don't think it is a problem for documents and folders. It's drives and partitions named Untitled (other than the one you want to put the installer onto) which could cause a problem.
     
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    Is there an error / bug creating install media with terminal command?
    I know it's creating the partion - first 3-5min of the install, but as others, it's not visible after install completes with Option key at start.

    I would want a method that creates this partion properly (as is 10.9). Avoiding any extra terminal commands as you suggest.
     

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