Creating the bootable OS X installation drive with DiskMaker

The first step is to create a vanilla OS X installation drive. There is nothing Hackintosh specific about this step – we’re simply going to create a normal OS X installation drive that would work on any Mac.

This means you need access to a real Mac or working Hackintosh to be able to download OS X from the App Store and write it to a flash drive. Ideally, you have a friend who will let you use his Mac to carry out the following steps.

Notice: If you absolutely cannot get access to an existing Mac, there is one other option. It is possible to get an older version of OS X running in a virtual machine on VMWare using ‘patched’ images available on popular torrent sites. This is not recommended. If you were to get OS X up and running in a virtual machine in this way, you can follow the next steps normally.

  1. Get access to an existing computer running OS X
  2. Open up the Apple App Store and login.
  3. Click on the ‘purchased’ section.
  4. You should see ‘OS X El Capitan’ on the list of downloadable applications.
  5. Click the download button.
  6. Once the download has completed, close the installation screen that pops

Now you have downloaded OS X, it is time to write it to a USB drive with at least 8GB of available space. The easiest way to do this is to download DiskMaker X ( Once downloaded, go ahead and Launch DiskMaker.

You’ll initially be asked to choose which version of OS X you wish to install. Choose El Capitan (10.11).diskmakerx

Next, choose the OS X installation file – it should automatically detect it in /Applications, so just press the highlighted option in /Applications. After choosing the OS X file, you’ll be prompted to select a USB device – select your chosen USB device with a storage capacity greater than 8GB.

DiskMaker will then proceed to create a bootable OS X drive. This can be quite a lengthy process, so don’t’ be disheartened if it isn’t done after 30 minutes.

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