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It is possible, but it's not straight forward. This detailed step by step guide (which I did) contains all you need to know to install and run Windows 7 or 8 from an external drive (USB3 or thunderbolt): http://bleeptobleep.blogspot.fr/2013/02/mac-install-windows-7-or-8-on-external.html To sum up, this guide will help you: Get the Windows installation ...


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UPDATE An improved procedure for installing Windows 7 can be found at Installing Windows 7 Pro 64 bit without DVD or Flash Drive Note: The updated steps, for installing Windows 8.1 using the procedure given below, can be found here. My hardware and software differs from yours. I will first document how I tested my answer and then try to adapt the ...


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Installing Windows 7 Pro 64 bit without DVD or Flash Drive Special thanks to user Rafa, who was able to correct this procedure so it now works with Windows 10. Here I assume your computer is configured as required by the Boot Camp Assistant. (In other words, you will be installing Windows to the 4th partition on disk 0.) Also, your firmware is up to ...


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Had the same problem. Thought the file "createinstallmedia" was missing, but that wasn't the case. Then I realised I simply needed to make it executable with the following command: sudo chmod +x /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia This will create the executable that DiskMaker X initially couldn't find. After ...


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I have an external hard drive with several installers on it. All you need to do is make several partitions, each large enough for the disc you're imaging. (My drive has 10.4 Tiger PPC, 10.5 Leopard PPC, 10.5 Leopard Intel, and 1.6 Snow Leopard on it, and I have a Lion USB flash drive.) I made the images using Disk Utility's Restore feature. Select the ...


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To check whether a disk drive is bootable, open Terminal (in Applications>Utilities) and type (replace /Volumes/SSD with the folder your disk drive is mounted at): bless --info /Volumes/SSD/ If the output looks similar to this: finderinfo[0]: 0 => No Blessed System Folder finderinfo[1]: 0 => No Blessed System File finderinfo[2]: 0 =&...


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Quick and Simple: Since it's a GPT disk you can run gpart recover /dev/disk1 to fix the table. You blew away the first ~700MB of the drive, so any partitions touching that area are gone too (more or less). The rest of the disk should be fine. I'm not sure if OSX comes with gpart, so you may need to download it somewhere. The longer details: Concerning the ...


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According to your output, you copied 645MB to disk, which means the EFI and first ~440MB of the Linux partition were overwritten. Your Backup and Misc partitions were not modified, so the data in them can be recovered... if you can find them. This may be relatively easy1. GUID partition tables are stored at both the beginning and end of the drive, so as ...


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I tried many things talked about here and on other top Google searches: Redownloaded (three times) Tried moving the .app to Desktop Changed permissions of .app Verified the .dmg with hdiutil Used different Mac Eventually got it to work by using a different USB flash drive. My original USB was a 16 GB Kingston, the second I tried that also didn't work was ...


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After reading through several stackexchange answers, I found steps that worked on this site. He walks you through how to format the USB stick so that Windows will recognize it, and how to use Unetbootin to copy the ISO image. I'll reproduce the steps here for convenience: Format the disk in Disk Utility, with the correct MBR Open Disk Utilty Select the ...


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The Mavericks installer comes with a tool to make bootable installer. Just use sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app --nointeraction


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You do have a recent backup? If not this procedure will be substantially different. Backed Up? Use Recovery Mode If you boot into recovery mode using Command+R at startup can you proceed with an internet recovery by installing over top of the hosed OS already on the drive? If that works I would try that first. It should leave your files and apps alone ...


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You should know there is no such this as "BIOS" on a Mac (the equivalent system is called EFI, but you don't boot into it to change settings). To boot from a DVD or any other external medium, you'll have to hold down the Option ⌥ key while booting. Then you'll get a list with all the bootable devices and there you can select the device you want to boot from. ...


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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 ...


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This might be considered pure opinion rather than fact, but I'd say just dedicate a spare HD to it & set up Time Machine. I use both Win & Mac here, Macs backed to Time Machine & Win to Acronis. Time Machine wins hands down. The Time Machine can be used to recover files when your OS X HD is crashed. Just put in a new drive, recover from Time ...


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Boot into Recovery from the USB. Instead of opening Disk Utility, open Terminal instead. Run the command diskutil list to see that your drive is being recognised. It should list two disks, one being your bootable drive, the other your SSD, and provide you with a disk identifier (such as disk0). If it doesn't show up, check that you have installed it properly....


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(From OS X Daily) You'll need an 8 GB or larger USB Drive. Remember, it will be erased, so backup any important files. Use the following command in Terminal (assuming the Install OS X El Capitan app is in /Applications, which where the App Store installs it by default) Also make note of the USB Volume Label and use its name in the command below in place ...


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It's possible to encrypt the entire system volume with FileVault 2 -- open System Preferences -> Security & Privacy pane -> FileVault tab, and click Turn On FileVault. I'll walk you through some setup questions (most important: set up an emergency recovery option, either by linking to your iCloud account or by generating a random key you should write ...


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I'm not sure about Apple's current policies, but you might be able to order replacement DVDs via an Apple Authorized Service Provider or Apple Store -- if so, they'd be treated a bit like repair parts, not as retail items. Also, note that you'll need disks specifically for your model, as there was a special build of 10.5.7 (build 9J3050) with support for ...


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Bootcamp simply isn't designed to install Windows on an external drive. 7. If I have more than one hard drive, can I install Microsoft Windows on any drive? You can use Boot Camp to install Windows on any internal hard drive, but not on an external hard drive.


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Borrow a trick from Apple - set the partition type to something besides Apple_HFS. The Apple_Boot partition type is used by Lion Recovery, and should provide the exact behavior you want. This process is NOT for the faint-of-heart, and you should definitely have a backup. If any of this process is unclear, DO NOT DO IT. Note that all numbers and drive names ...


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Apparently your USB stick, to be bootable, must be setup for EFI/GPT.


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Having done this myself: # dd if=freebsd.img of=/dev/hda at some point in the past (oops! I meant fd0!) I can pretty much guarantee that the contents of disk1s1 and disk1s2 are trashed. But disk1s3 and disk1s4 will be just fine! You just need to figure out what the partition table is supposed to be and correct it. I suggest recovering from the GPT ...


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Well, here are a few things: 1) That OS X installation disk (10.6), will only install Snow Leopard for your 2009 MBP You cannot use that disk for OS X installs on other machines 2) Generally, the applications disk is nearly useless. Your milage may vary, but I've never, ever used them. 3) Obviously your external drive (USB you say?) will have to have ...


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The secure way is to set up Firmware password. That will block any attempts from booting from outside, but it will require you to enter the password when booting up. Here is a sample what it does: How to do it: OS X Lion and Mountain Lion come with OS X Recovery > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718 This allows you to reinstall OS X, browse the web, ...


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a) You can use the free and open source Mac Linux USB Loader app to make a bootable USB drive. OR b) Follow the instructions for How to create a bootable USB stick on OS X (it has a step to convert ISO files to IMG before writing it to the USB drive).


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Solved it I copied the same Install OS X Mavericks.app in a different Mac that was running on Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and tried DiskMaker X and it worked. I'm not sure but maybe the reason was that OS X Mavericks GM Build doesn't support the command that was used or maybe there's a different way to copy things on OS X Mavericks using terminal. Update I tried ...


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The simple process is to use Apple's Bootcanp to handle three problems you face in booting from windows: Partitioning your internal drive (you can skip this - it's what Bootcanp wants, but purely optional) Supply drivers - XP almost certainly won't have correct drivers for new Macs. Since you didn't mention your hardware, it might be old enough to not ...


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Snow Leopard does not have a Recovery HD. That feature was introduced in OS X 10.7 Lion. You can't create Snow Leopard recovery disks either — that requires Lion too. To create a bootable environment, you need to use the OS X installer. For this, you will need an install media to create the bootable partition. See: How can I download Snow Leopard?



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