Create Hackintosh Installation USB

Create a Mavericks/Yosemite USB Installer

Step 1: You need a 8GB USB stick, format it with Disk Utility with the following options:

  • Partition: 1 or 2 partitions
  • Format: Mac OS Extended ( Journaled ) for the partition that contains the installer
  • Options: Master Boot Record (MBR)
  • Hit Apply

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Step 2: Right click the “Install OS X Mavericks.app” or “Install OS X Yosemite.app” you got from Appstore, click Show Package Contents, open Contents, open SharedSupport, double click “InstallESD.dmg” to mount the image file.

Step 3: Mount the hidden “BaseSystem.dmg” with this command using Terminal:

open /Volumes/OS X Install ESD/BaseSystem.dmg

The image will be mounted as “OS X Base System”

Step 4: Pick the “Restore” tab in Disk Utility, drag and drop the “OS X Base System” to “Source”, drag and drop the  installer partition you create earlier to “Destination”, hit “Restore”

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Step 5a (Mavericks): After the process is done, go to your USB’s “OS X Base System” partition ( don’t mistake the partition here, you can highlight and press Spacebar to check the size of the partition ), go to System/Installation and delete the alias “Packages”, then go to “OS X Install ESD” partition, copy the “Packages” to the folder System/Installation of you USB

Download Pacifist. Go to the folder System/Installation/Packages of your USB, right click the BaseSystemBinaries.pkg and Open With Pacifist. After Pacifist has done loading the file, locate “mach_kernel”, drag and drop it to the root of your USB’s installer partition.

Step 5b (Yosemite): Change the USB name to “Yosemite”, open terminal and type these command:

cp "/Volumes/OS X Install ESD/BaseSystem.dmg" /Volumes/Yosemite/
cp -a "/Volumes/OS X Install ESD/BaseSystem.chunklist" /Volumes/Yosemite/
rm /Volumes/Yosemite/System/Installation/Packages
cp -a /Volumes/OS X Install ESD/Packages /Volumes/Yosemite/System/Installation/Packages
mkdir -f /Volumes/Yosemite/System/Library/Kernels

For Yosemite

Step 1: You need a 8GB USB stick, format it with Disk Utility with the following options:

  • Partition: 2 partitions
  • Partition 1: name it Clover, Format MS-DOS (FAT), size larger than 300MB
  • Partition 2: name it MacUSB, Format Mac OS Extended ( Journaled ), size larger than 6.5GB
  • Options: Master Boot Record (MBR)
  • Hit Apply

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Step 2: Download this Clover.zip, unzip and copy the EFI folder to the root of the CLOVER partition. Use Hackintosh Vietnam Tool to create the suitable config.plist for your PC:
– CPU: Select your CPU
– Graphics: Select your graphics
– SSDT: Generate

– Bootflag: kext-dev-mode=1
Install to current HDD, then copy the generated config.plist on the desktop IN YOUR HDD to the folder EFIClover of the CLOVER partition.

At this point you have 2 choices of creating the installer

Choice 1 (easy guide, but can result in blank screen after boot)

Step 3: Download OS X Yosemite from the Appstore, check if the “Install OS X Yosemite.app” is in the folder Application. Open Terminal and run this command ( note that Untitled is a HFS+ partition )

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

Choice 2 (manual method)

Step 3: – Right click to Yosemite Install app > Show Package Contents > Contents > Shared Support, open InstallESD.dmg.
– Open OS X Install ESD partition, open BaseSystem.dmg (hidden file)
– Use Disk Utility to clone OS X Base System to MacUSB partition.
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– Go to System/Installation of USB and delete the alias “Packages”, then go to “OS X Install ESD” partition, copy the “Packages” to the folder System/Installation of your USB
– Copy BaseSystem.dmg and BaseSystem.chunklist (hidden files) from OS X Install ESD to OS X Base System (on your USB)

Make Hackintosh Usb installer with UniBeast tool

Step 1: This isn’t exactly rocket science, but in order to install macOS Sierra onto an Intel-based PC, you’re going to actually need to have macOS Sierra downloaded. On the aforementioned Mac that we said you would need, launch the Mac App Store, make sure that you are actually signed in with a valid Apple ID, and then download the macOS Sierra installer to your Mac for free.

Step 2: You’re now going to need to download the latest version of UniBeast tool. This is used to create the bootable macOS Sierra drive. You can download the tool from the tonymacx86 site here.

Step 3: Now with the USB drive plugged into any Mac, launch the Disk Utility app and make sure that the drive is selected in the information pane on the left.

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Step 4: You now need to erase and format the USB drive as mentioned earlier. With it selected, click on the Erase button on the toolbar atop, and enter a name for the drive. You can name this whatever you like, but make sure that “OS X Extended (Journaled)” is selected as the Format, and “GUID Partition Map” is selected for Scheme. Finalize the process by clicking the Erase button and then exiting out of the interface by clicking the Done button.

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Step 5: Now run the downloaded UniBeast program and click on Continue a few times before you get to the part where it asks you to Select a Destination. Make sure that the recently formatted USB is selected, and then click on Continue again to progress.

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Note: When UniBeast runs for the first time, it will look for the downloaded macOS Sierra installerfile in /Applications folder, and if not found, it will prompt you with an error. Typically, macOS should have downloaded the file to that exact folder, but in case you get that error, make sure that “Install macOS Sierra.app” is within the /Applications folder or for that matter, the file name isn’t changed.

Step 6: When asked to choose on Select OS Installation screen, make sure you choose the Sierra option and click Continue.

Step 7: When installer comes to Bootloader Configuration screen, either choose UEFI Boot Mode, or Legacy Boot Mode. Either one will be fine, so once selected, click on Continue to proceed.

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Step 8: The next screen, Graphics Configuration, is optional, so if you wish, you can choose the appropriate graphics settings that will get the best performance out of the system that you are installing macOS Sierra onto.

Step 9: Next, you will be asked to enter your Mac’s password for UniBeast installation to begin. Once entered, click on the Install button to continue. UniBeast will now run through the process of creating the bootable macOS Sierra installation drive for your hackintosh. This could take about 10 minutes depending on your system and drive’s speed.

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Step 10: You’re now going to need to download the MultiBeast tool for Sierra from the same place you downloaded UniBeast tool in Step 2 above. Once downloaded, move the MultiBeast file onto your now UniBeast-ready USB drive.

Step 11: Once you are done with all that, it now comes to the main bit of actually installing the operating system onto a compatible Intel-based hackintosh PC. Plug the UniBeast USB drive you made above into your PC and turn it on. Hit the hotkey when booting to make sure that you get into the system boot menu that allows you to choose a source disk to boot from. This is of course different on different types of PCs but is usually accessed using F8, F10, F11 or F12 key on the keyboard.