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Do I need to make my Windows 8 install disk bootable when using boot camp?

I have the Windows 8 consumer preview .iso which I plan to copy to a DVD to use with Boot Camp. Though my question is - when I burn the image to the disk, will I need to make the disk bootable to use ...
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Repair disk on Snow Leopard using a bootable USB, in order to upgrade to Lion

I read in many places that you should always do a "Verify Disk" in Disk Utility and resolve any errors before upgrading to Lion (currently running the last version of Snow Leopard on a MacBook Pro mid ...
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How to make a bootable disk from an image with Toast?

I read contradictory information, some say it’s possible, some say it’s not and Apple’s Disk Utility is required. I prefer to use Roxio Toast for its multi-purpose but I don’t want to waste blank ...
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Cloned disk from older MacBook not booting on new MacBook Pro

I have an old MacBook (2-3 years old), it is running 10.9. Last night I cloned the hard drive and tried to use it as a startup disk on my new MacBook Pro (June 2016, with 10.11 installed). All I got ...
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Is it possible to encrypt the boot disk in El Capitan?

On my iMac running OS X 10.11.3 I'd like to encrypt as much as possible of the built-in disk -- like that I don't need to worry about replacing/sending in a broken disk. From a casual few web ...
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Macbook Lion Recovery Disk Utilities cannot detect newly installed SSD

I just installed the SSD and I cannot detect the SSD in Disk Utilities of the recovery disk. Even trying to restore from time machine backup it cannot find any disk it can restore to. I am restoring ...
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What is the partition size needed for The Mavericks install disk?

I will setup a USB key to install Mavericks. I would like to know the needed size of the partition to install Mavericks.
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How to install Snow Leopard from USB where USB disk is prepared using Linux?

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 ...
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After Sierra install, message appears saying install failed, Hold down D for Diagnostics

My friend just tried installing Sierra on a blank internal hard drive in an iMac 21" 2010 (model iMac 11,2), using a bootable installer on an external USB drive. Seemed to install successfully, then ...
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Preventing booting from external media

Is it possible to set up Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) on a MacBook Air so that users cannot boot from external media (e.g. a USB memory stick) and cannot restore the OS from the internal restore ...
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macOS Mojave: createinstallmedia: command not found

I'm following the official Apple guide to create a bootable installer for macOS Mojave: How to create a bootable installer for macOS when I execute the command: sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ ...
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Bootable USB for Windows 7 isn’t showing up on MacBook Pro 12,2

I made a Windows 7 installation USB using Microsoft’s installation tool on my Windows PC. When I boot the Mac while holding Option. Only the Mac disk appears. The USB is NTFS. I checked if anything is ...
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Confusion about creating a bootable flashdrive

I followed the directions to creat a bootable flashdrive for Mac High Sierra. My flashdrive now has the name "Install macOS High Sierra" and it contains the app "Install macOS High Sierra.app". Now ...
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How do you create a bootable drive on an external disk?

I have a MacPro that i want to keep on Mountain Lion, but I'd like to be able to startup off of the latest MacOS. Is there a way to create a bootable drive that uses High Sierra?
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Turn a cloned macOS partition into a unique copy for use with iCloud

When copying a bootable partition using the dd command or similar means, the copy runs fine but will use the same IDs as the original. This leads to problems when using Apple cloud services such as ...
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Boot from USB drive on a Macbook Pro with Windows 7 installation

Everything I've found says to hold command or option until you hear the boot chime. Obviously I'll never hear that. Nothing I do seems to work, it always goes to Windows 7. How can I boot to a USB ...
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Is macOS known to completely crash due to a bad boot drive?

I've got a mid-2013 11" MacBook Air that I fixed up. It had no SSD when I got it but I've been running it off an external USB 3 hard drive fine for about a year and a half including backpacking ...
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createinstallmedia: cannot execute binary file

I have downloaded the Sierra Installer from the App Store and I would like to make a bootable thumbdrive out of it. I tried using the createinstallmedia binary that the installer ships with but got ...
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OS X Installation USB not detected in Startup Disk selection

I have a MacBook Pro 8.2. Recently I have download Sierra and Yosemite, and am currently running El Capitan. And I created a bootable USB for OS X Yosemite with DiskMaker X 6, in case Sierra goes ...
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Macbook Pro does not recognize bootable USB drive

I had problem with the hard drive of my 13" MacBook Pro 2009. I decided to use the opportunity to upgrade to an SSD. I replaced it with a 480GB SSD. Following this article: Create a bootable ...
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I want to create a boot disk for El Capitan, just to start from so I can use disk utilities like Tech Tool. How do I do this?

I see all kinds of instructions online that say how to make a boot disk that installs El Capitan. I just want to start my computer from an external disk -- I am not trying to do a clean install. Is ...
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Edit info.plist to make bootable USB

Running OSX El Capitan 10.11.6 and trying to make a bootable USB for windows 7 bootcamp on my MacBook Pro. I disabled the SIP by using Terminal in Recovery Mode but I still cannot replace or edit the ...
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Mid-2014 Macbook Pro i7 15" OS 10.6.8 boot fails

I pulled my hard drive from a kaput i7 Macbook Pro because it had Snow Leopard (10.6.8) with Rosetta Stone. I need to run older G5 software. I put the drive in an external case, and hooked it up via ...
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OS X El Capitan won't work and is not recognized on UniBeast

I have been trying to download the new version of El Capitan and use UniBeast to create a bootable USB. However, every time I download El Capitan from the App Store, it takes 2 hours to download the 6 ...
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Can I copy a bootable El Capitan installer USB stick to a hard drive partition and install from there?

I am salvaging a mid 2013 MacBook Air 11" that was discarded with a broken screen backlight due to beverage spill and missing its SSD. (I have a very tiny budget right now so I'm only spending on more ...
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Macbook 12,1 (OSX 10.11.4) will not boot SSD clone of OSX 10.9.5 from MacbookPro 11,1

I am trying to create a boot disk for an older MacBook Pros that I have (MacBookPro 11,1 running OSX 10.9.5) which I plan to then boot from a newer MacBook Pro (MacBookPro 12,1 running OSX 10.11.4). ...
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Installing El Capitan from a bootable DVD

I have El Capitan on a bootable DVD. I restart my Mac and hold the option key until the disks come up and I choose EFI Boot (name of the disk is different than what it shows at the time of booting). ...
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Boot Camp makes unbootable USB drive

I used Boot Camp Assistant to create a Windows 10 install disk. However, the disk is not bootable. I am confused as to why Boot Camp Assistant would make an install disk not bootable. Can someone ...
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Putting MacBook Pro SSD into an external cradle

My old MacBook Pro (2010) is now dead. It had a 500GB Samsung SSD inside (in replacement of the original HDD). Some of the data where not in my time machine: I would like to extract the SSD and put ...
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Why download a Yosemite .dmg when I can create my own?

Having a Mac I wanted to know can't I just make my own .dmg file using AutoDMG? Instead of finding some random file on the Internet and hoping its not infected? Is there any other software that would ...
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Where can I download a full OS X 10.11.1 Public Beta installer?

I have a bootable OS X drive that I like to keep up to date, but with the replacement of "Install OS X El Capitan Public Beta" with "Install OS X El Capitan GM Candidate" in the App Store, I'm not ...
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OSX install DVD showing up as EFI boot on start up

My brother's Mac Pro somehow has all of its utilities missing. Its guts have been taken out. I don't know how this happened, but I'm trying to fix that by creating a Lion DVD or bootable USB. I ...
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How to install Boot Camp from content of previously created flash storage?

I've installed Windows 7 SP1 via Boot Camp before and kept the content of the SD card that I created during the process. I want to know how I can copy that content to another SD card and install off ...
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Mac pro early 2008 won´t boot from pendrive with yosemite install app

Mac pro 8 core early 2008 mountain lion installed. I need to clean install Yosemite. The pendrive does not show when you press alt, at the boot screen. Nevertheless it shows on configuration startup ...
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Can I run a disc image of a cloned Tiger or Leopard PPC drive on a modern Intel Mac via virtualization software?

I have a PowerMac G5 PPC running Tiger and an old, white, Santa Rosa MacBook running Leopard. If I create cloned disc images of these OS drives, will I be able to run them in VMWare Fusion/Parallels/...
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installation os x on Mac pro 2 from scratch

I purchased mac pro 2 model no# a1186 few days ago with a new Hard drive . Now im trying to install os x from usb. i made bootable usb through another mac mini machine by formatting it through disk ...
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Replace Recovery HD with a “bootable drive” formatted partition?

A while ago, I had the idea to use the bootable Mac OS X USB drive-making procedure on a hard drive partition, so that I could basically have a version of the “Recovery HD” that doesn’t need to ...
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Is it possible to use Windows PE Bootable drive on OS X

I am completely new to Apple machines. I have got a MacBook Pro. I want to see all available drives on the computer. The computer cannot boot into OS X. I only know Windows PE Bootable drive. I have ...
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Does any data go into SSD from bootable OS USB (besides OS itself)?

I made a bootable OS 10.6 in my external HD with Disc Utility's partition & restore functions (with the "source" (as OS disc) and "destination" method...) And I used that to do a clean OS install ...
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How do i copy my System into Parallels?

Is it even possible ? I want to boot my actual Mac OS X Server in Parallels. ( With all the programs and setting ) The Reason is : I want to create a Test-System, where i can experiment without ...
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Making A USB Drive Bootable in Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion

I own copies of all three operating systems and would like to have a single drive that enable me to boot from and use Disk Warrior etc under each OS. Is this possible?
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How to create a bootable Linux iso from an existing iso?

I am trying to create a completely unattended installation of CentOS. To do that, I downloaded the latest CentOS iso, and followed the directions listed here. After I attached the iso with hdiutil, I ...
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How to make a bootable USB in Catalina [duplicate]

/dev/disk1 (synthesized): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: APFS Container Scheme - +250.8 GB disk1 ...
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How to create bootable installation media for Mojave without erasing the target drive

I would like to use my existing external ssd (500GB) as a bootable Mojave installation disk. But I don't want to erase the contents or format the drive. This page has the general instructions https://...
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Cannot boot into any OS, Recovery or Safemode. (Macbook Pro 15 Ret Mid 2012)

My SSD was partitioned for Windows and macOS. I use the Macbook almost exclusively for Windows 10. Mid 2012 MBP Retina 15" 2.3Ghz 8GB. I recently began having problems booting into Windows. The ...
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How to make a bootable USB drive from a dmg containing multiple partitions

I have a USB flash drive of the Mojave installer from which I created a dmg containing two partitions: the installer partition and a custom EFI partition. The drive booted and installed fine. How do ...
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Update MacbookAIR Firmware without original hard disk [duplicate]

I got original SSD broken. My MacbookAir 7.1 got only YOSEMITE Internet Recovery. Now, I've bought a SAMSUNG 970 NVME M.2 disk and the system could recognize it using NVME kext patched but cannot boot ...
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How to create bootable installer USB for macOS in Windows? [duplicate]

I purchased a 2008 Mac from a friend. It's now formatted and internet recovery option is not working for a fresh install. I want to create a bootable USB drive in a Windows machine. I am unable to ...
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What does one do when MacBook Pro 2017 not recognizing thumb drive needed to boot startup?

I wiped my 2017 MBP's drive at the direction of Apple support, to start fresh on my MacBook and try to eliminate/pinpoint a battery drain issues...now there is no bootable disk on the MPB. I went ...
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Problems getting macOS Sierra on a bootable hard drive

I'm trying to get a bootable hard drive with macOS Sierra going so that I can use Octane Render. My Macbook is running macOS High Sierra, which is apparently buggy with Octane at the moment. I ...