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I'm trying to do a clean install of OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 from a USB drive on my new MacBook Pro 15" Retina (late 2013 model). Here are my steps:

  • Turn off the Mac
  • Hold Option
  • Turn on the Mac
  • Select the USB drive (orange icon), not the Recovery Partition
  • The dreaded "international no" sign appears

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I've repeated these steps with another USB drive with the same unfortunate result.

The USB drives aren't the problem. I've repeated these steps on my iMac 21.5" (late 2011 model) and MacBook Air 11" (late 2013 model) and both USB drives boot up fine.

Any idea how to get this working with my MacBook Pro?

P.S. If it matters, here's how I made the USB drive.

Edit: 10.9.2 works great!

  • Your method seems sound to me. Did you make the USB Mavericks USB on the MBP? Could it possibly be an older build of Mavericks that does not support the MBP? Building a new USB from a fresh download of Mavericks would eliminate this possibility. – AllInOne Feb 12 '14 at 23:57
  • Hi @AllInOne - I made one of the USB drives last week on the iMac and another Monday on the MacBook Air. They're both the 10.9.1 (latest) version of Mavericks. – Ryan Feb 13 '14 at 1:23
  • Are you plugging the USB drive directly to the MBP, or through a hub? Does the same thing happen if you use another USB port? – Kent Feb 13 '14 at 1:47
  • Hi @Kent - I've tried both USB drives into both USB ports directly on the MacBook. No USB hubs involved. – Ryan Feb 13 '14 at 2:28
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You can't use the Mac App Store build of 10.9.1 on Late 2013 Retina MacBook Pro's. That's why there is a separate 10.9.1 update for only those machines. You need to use Internet Recovery (Command-Option-R on boot) to install 10.9.1 and not the App Store version. The build number is 13B3109 for the Late 2013 rMBP while it's 13B43 for the App Store version. You can make a USB flash drive of the correct build but you need need to boot with Internet Recovery, start the install on a partition and when it restarts to finish the install you hold the option key down and boot from another partition with an already installed correct build (13B3109) and in a hidden directory on the partition you chose to install, there is an InstallESD.dmg you can then copy and use to create a USB flash installer for that build.

Now that 10.9.2 is released, the Mac App Store build will work on the Late 2013 rMBP as well as all the other Macs with the possible exception of the new Mac Pro.

  • Wow thank you. I had no idea about this. I'll give it a try right away. Thanks again! – Ryan Feb 14 '14 at 2:39
  • Did 10.9.2 work on USB install with no problems Or did the prohibited sign show up again when trying to boot from usb – user158251 Nov 20 '15 at 0:50
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A 10.9.2 install now that it is released can boot the 2013 MacBook Pro.

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