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Is it possible to create a Mac-bootable thumb drive containing gparted or Parted Magic without installing a full Linux distribution?

I tried several methods like

  • unetbootin (some blogs suggest this though the unetbootin site explicitly mentions that it isn't possible)
  • sudo dd if=/.../.iso of=/dev/rdiskx

which both failed.

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You need to use an alternative boot manager such as rEFInd, then either method will work.

Note that you also need to use a USB keyboard and mouse (or built-in on a laptop) for initial installation/use — Bluetooth pairings that work within the EFI boot manager won't persist once you boot Linux.

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