How to Create a Bootable Drive for MacOS

Creating a bootable drive for your Mac certainly seems to be a wise decision to make. Even though MacOS recovery partition can take care of all your recovery requirements in times of need, it’s still worthwhile to have a bootable installer.

Why Do You Need to Create A Bootable Drive For Your Mac?

What Do You Need Before Creating Your Bootable Drive?

Before you begin the process, you will need the following:

How to Create a Bootable Drive Using Terminal

There are two ways of creating a bootable copy of the installer. You can either use Terminal or get the job done through a free software like Recoverit to do it for you. First, let us look at how to create a bootable drive using Terminal.

Steps to create a MacOS Siera beta boot disk:

  1. The first step in the process is to connect your external hard drive to your Mac. You need to name your external drive ‘untitled’ for the Terminal command to work.
  2. Launch Terminal. You can find this in the 'Utilities' folder of your Applications folder.
  3. Copy the following instructions now:
  4. sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app
  5. In this step, you have to paste the copied instruction on the screen by going back to the Terminal.
  6. You will be required to feed in your user password now and then hit ‘Return’.
  7. Now, the Terminal will ask for your permission to erase the drive. To continue, type ‘Y’ and again hit return.
  8. After the Terminal has erased your drive, your Mac will prompt you if you wish to use the drive for Time Machine. Click ‘Don’t Use’.
  9. Next, the installer file will be copied by the Terminal to your drive. This might take some time, so be patient.
  10. Once the copying is completed, a ‘Copy complete’ message will be displayed on your screen. You can now quit the Terminal and use your drive.

How to Create Bootable Media for Mac with Recoverit Mac Data Recovery

Recoverit Mac data recovery software is one of the most impressive and easy-to-use data recovery software in the market, and it has lots to offer with its varied utilities and functions. With Recoverit to create bootable media, you can access your system easily without the need to reinstall the MacOS to recover your lost data.

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How to Set the Computer Boot from the Bootable Media

Step 1 Connect your external drive to your Mac.

Step 2 Press down on the ‘Option’ key after restarting your Mac.

Step 3 Once the booting has finished, your Mac will display the Startup Manager to show you the available boot drives. Select your external hard drive and hit ‘Return’.

Step 4 If you want to install Sierra but keep your data untouched, you can select 'Install OS X'. However, if you wish to delete all your data, then you can select Disk Utility to format the entire drive and wipe away all your data to reformat the internal drive first and then install MacOS Sierra.

You now have a bootable copy of the MacOS Sierra installer, and you can use it on multiple Macs to install the Mac OS. If you are familiar with the command line, you can opt to create a bootable drive using Terminal. For others, you can simply opt for free software like Recoverit Mac data recovery which is compatible with Mac OS and assist you in recovering your data as well from crashed systems in case of emergencies.

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