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Make Bootable Mac OSX86 USB Stick Installer Yourself.


osx86-pendriveIf you have a netbook like MSI Wind or Asus EEEPC and figuring out how to Install OSX86,Then first of all you have to create a bootable USB stick because netbooks doesn’t have Optical drives.The procedure is easy but  you have to arrange a Mac or Hack {OSX86} for this guide.You need to have a USB stick 4Gb / 8GB according to size of your OSX86 Distro like iAtkos sized at 2.5 Gb so 4GB Pendrive is sufficient while iPC sized at 4.4 GB and 8GB pendrive is needed.
Many times we need to test a dual layer DVD but don’t ahve a Dual layer DVD RW in these conditions OSX86 USB Stick Installer is very precious.
  • Requirements :
  • USB stick 4GB / 8GB. 
  • ISO Mac OSX86 Leopard. 
  • Mac Machine. 
  • OSX86 tool Download here.



1. First, we need to prepare the USB drive. Fire up Disk Utility, select the USB drive, and go to the partition tab. Select “1 partition” from the drop-down menu, name the drive whatever you wish (i.e. Mac OS X Installer), make sure the format is “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” in the next field, and then select the “Options” button below the partition map picture. Select MBR (Master Boot Record) not Apple GUID. Select “OK” and then apply your changes. Disk Utility will create 1 partition, use MBR, etc.


2. Now, “restore” the image of the DVD installer onto the USB drive. I’m using an image file (ISO) but you can use a DVD also. The image must be listed in the left pane of Disk Utility, if it’s not there, drag the image file over. Select the USB drive, go to the “Restore” tab. It’s pretty straightforward from here. Select your image/DVD as the source, and the USB drive as the target. And away you go.


3. Run OSx86 Tools, click install EFI/Run FDISK, choose to install PC EFI 8 on your USB Flash Disk.

That’s it. Just restart and boot from USB Flash Disk, and now we can start install Leopard from USB Flash Disk.


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  1. joblack September 12, 2010 Reply

    Do you copy the files or the blocks? It needs over 10 hours to get it on the usb stick 🙁

  2. Mach_krnl April 6, 2010 Reply

    correction. if u don’t have mac

  3. Mach_krnl April 6, 2010 Reply

    use vmware tools if you don’t have windows

  4. Tyler W March 31, 2010 Reply

    I have an AMD machine, does it work on those?, i tried it following all setps and i got the the bootloader and managed to load the boot options menu.(but i cant seem to get the apple logo to appear). is there a command which i can use a different kernel?, thanks in advance, tylerwatt12@gmail.com

  5. Panicman March 23, 2010 Reply

    I got the same problem first, then i installed the chameleon boot loader from osx86 tools, but now i have a KP while loading the flash. I bootet some time before from the same image with an external DVD-Drive and didn’t have one. something must had went wrong.

    I want to install windosx on my LG x110

  6. Krishna pathak February 25, 2010 Reply

    Umm I followed these exact same instrustions

    I formatted my USB Drive as HFS+ (MBR)

    Disk Utility successfully restored my iPC OSx86 Universal ISO

    Then I used OSx86 Tools for PC EFI V8, that worked..

    Upon boot for the USB Drive I just got a flashing hyphen –

  7. solidkundi December 17, 2009 Reply

    hey i try to do this with my USB Wester Digital 1 terabyte…. i dont have any usb drive over 4gb at the moment…so i was trying to make my terabyte into a Mac Journaled format….but it keeps saying file system error??? any ideas why?

  8. Andrew December 11, 2009 Reply

    Thanks for posting such a clear tutorial. I have a problem, I have only a Tiger (10.4) available so no point in trying OSX Tools.
    Where can I get good instructions for doing the samething through terminal.
    Is something about placing boot0 into diskX , boot1h into HFS partition (diskXsN) and copy boot to / folder of the HFS partition (diskXsN ?
    If that’s the case where can I get the right files ?

    Thank you very much, your work for the community is excellent.

    Best regards,

  9. Chris August 30, 2009 Reply


    Is there a way to do this on Windows XP (i.e. to partition it correctly and use something similar to OSx86 Tools but on Windows)?


    • Vinay August 31, 2009 Reply

      @ Chris No you can do this on a Mac OS X only..

  10. Gino August 25, 2009 Reply

    1. Instead of installing PC EFI can I also get the latest Chameleon2 RC2 installer and install it to the usb-drive?
    2. Can I replace the vanilla kernel on with dmitri’s kernel so the installer boots on AMD machines?

  11. 7eed August 5, 2009 Reply

    I did do this within Windows. I did it with a virtual version of Mac OSX using VMWare. The thing is you need at least 25 gigs of free space and about 6 hours for free time to do this. The benefit is that the install will be 10x faster than a DVD. Do I recommend it? Yes. Is the time worth it? Yes. So, good luck to all who do this. Make sure you have something to do in the meantime or else it will be very very very boring.

  12. eli July 28, 2009 Reply

    this solution wouldn’t work for me using a 16gb cruzer micro.

    Had to install PCEFI v.9 (thanks Vinay!) to the flash drive instead of using OSx86 tools.

    Now works perfectly!

  13. Christa Buchanan July 25, 2009 Reply

    i cant get it to work with my leo4all 10.5.2 install.iso i have followed all the instructions but the usb just wont boot 🙁

    what have i done wrong?

  14. tom July 17, 2009 Reply

    ok so i have done everything written here, but the installation sequence gets stuck on this line:
    “BSD root: disk1s1, major 14, minor 3”.

    I have tried -v -F and -x (safe mode) flags. nothing worked.

    anyone? please?

  15. isama June 21, 2009 Reply

    Damn! I wanted to try this tonight, but i need a mac to make myself a mac! Ah well, I know who is gonna use the shiny macpro my school bought a month ago 😀

  16. Cortez June 5, 2009 Reply

    I am using a Dell 1525 and intaled kelyway to make boot pen of iPC final. Maybe who does not have mac try to vmware it.

  17. Henry June 3, 2009 Reply

    You’ll need a Mac or another Hack running 10.5+. I have an old tibook with 10.4.11 and OSx86 tools will not run on it. Chameleon might work instead but I’ve been battling a multiboot disaster for 4 days now. Linux comes first.

  18. madoc1 April 4, 2009 Reply

    Impossible to boot on the disk
    I get Error partition HFS

  19. iHaX March 14, 2009 Reply


  20. bnash March 2, 2009 Reply

    Note: This only seems to work on an Intel computer. I get an error on my PPC computer that it couldn’t be completed.

  21. antemati February 11, 2009 Reply

    moze li se i snow leopard pripremit da se instalira sa usb stika
    dali moze i dmg slika

  22. Chris C February 10, 2009 Reply

    You might wanna elaborate on some of the vague points:

    1. Disk to Use. There’ll be a couple of possible choices. Picking the wrong one could be disastrous.

    2. Click the “Install EFI” button is actually step 4.

  23. suco2009 February 7, 2009 Reply

    Thank you Vinay Prashar for quick response.
    But my problem is, after I install a retail disk, and reboot, my computer cannot start. it is stucked at “boot0:error.”

    I downloaded what you suggested, but I cannot install it if the computer cannot start. Any idead?

  24. Vinay Prashar February 7, 2009 Reply
  25. suco2009 February 7, 2009 Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful guide. I’m able to install a retail leopard on my computer. However, when I’ve done, reboot, and got “boot0: error.” I think I need to install PCEFI v.9 on my computer, but I don’t know HOW.

  26. Chris February 2, 2009 Reply

    This is great my friend has been wanting to do this forever. Great work.

  27. tehsusenoh February 2, 2009 Reply

    Any chance of doing this on Windows?
    I don’t have any spare DVDs.

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