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I'm trying to install Snow Leopard (a retail version) into my MacBook, but seems like that the MacBook can't find the boot disk over USB.

I guess this is related to the fact that I mounted the .iso of Snow Leopard via Linux, using dd if=image.iso of=/dev/sdx and this rewrites the boot sector.

Is there a way to copy the ISO into my USB disk via Linux and make the MacBook recognize this?

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I know nothing about Linux, what is the partition map of your USB drive? It needs to be GPT (GUID) – hellothere Aug 22 '12 at 4:58
I partitioned my USB via Disk Utility, and set the map to GUID type – Luiz K. Aug 22 '12 at 11:50
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Why use Linux for this? Just do it in OS X. To prepare the USB drive (e.g. 8-GB flash drive), you need to partition it using the GUID scheme and format it to the file system standard 'Macintosh Extended (Journaled)', also known as 'HFS+ (Journaled)'.

Then use Disk Utility's Restore feature to copy the contents of the iso image file (Source) to the USB drive (Destination). When done, restart the Mac keeping the Option key pressed – the USB drive should then show up in the boot volume lineup...

There are many tutorials for this process on the Internet, e.g.,

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