How to Create a Bootable OSX USB Key

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I recently purchased the Asus eee pc 1005HA and needed to install OSX (actually on this machine I chose the iDeneb method). While working on a tight budget for this project I didn’t want to drop an extra $70 or so dollars for an external dvd drive. Instead I opted for a 16gig key drive that ended up costing around $30 and will definitely be put to use way more the a dvd drive.

Below are the instructions on how to get OSX on the key and have it bootable for installation. I’ll walk through the OSX method and the OSX86* method for you Hackintosh fiends.

OSX 10.6 method for bootable USB key install

  1. Insert your retail DVD into drive.
  2. Plug in usb key. I recommend getting at least a 16gig drive so you don’t run into capacity issues.
  3. Open Disk Utitlity. Locatied in Applocations/Utitilties/DiskUtitily.app
  4. Partition the USB drive and select GUID in the options so it will be bootable on a Mac.
  5. Select restore and drag the image of the DVD on the left into the input path.
  6. Drag the USB drive into the destination drive.
  7. Click the restore button.
  8. Sit back and relax cause you will be waiting for about 20-30 mins for the key to be formatted properly.

This method will also work on 10.5.

OSX86 Method (Tested with iDeneb ISO)

  1. Insert your retail DVD into drive.
  2. Plug in usb key. I recommend getting at least a 16gig drive so you don’t run into capacity issues.
  3. Open Disk Utitlity. Locatied in Applocations/Utitilties/DiskUtitily.app
  4. Partition the USB drive and select MRB in the options so it will be bootable on a Mac.
  5. Select restore and drag the image of the DVD on the left into the input path.
  6. Drag the USB drive into the destination drive
  7. Click the restore button
  8. Waiting for about 20-30 mins for the key to be formatted properly
  9. Once the USB drive have been formated you need to make it bootable with Darwin.
  10. Download OSX86 Tool Here.*
  11. RunĀ OSx86 Tools, click install EFI/Run FDISK, choose to install PC EFI 8 on your USB Drive.

Note*: Some OSX86 users may encounter errors using OSX86 Tool. For my Asus eee pc 1005ha I had to use PC EFI v9, which worked fine. You can grab it here.

17 thoughts on “How to Create a Bootable OSX USB Key

  1. Dagmar

    Hello. First of all I want to thank you for putting this together! I have recently (3 weeks ago) purchased the 1005HAB (should work the same as the HA) and have foind very little info specifically about our make/model for running os x. Anyway, for the last two weeks I have been trying desperately to get this working. I started off trying it with ideneb 1.3 booting off of a USB DVD (I am unable to use your method of USB boot as my real Mac is a PPC using 10.4.11) I tried that install method SEVERAL times before realizing there was an ACPI error that was preventing the install at all (it wouldn show the Apple screen for a split second then say I needed to restart the computer). So, then I downloaded 1.4 10.5.5 and tried the same USB DVD install. This time it would boot and go straight to the Apple screen. However, instead of continuing with the load it would stay on this screen, the DVD would stop spinning after maybe 30 seconds and then it would hang on the Apple screen forever (I let it go 20 minutes before giving up). So, my real question is WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?! I am DESPERATE to make this work!

    I initially knew nothing about this and have faced a steep, sometimes frustratin, but fun learning curve. ANY insight/help you can offer will be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks again for what you have written and in advance for any help you may offer.

    -Dagmar

  2. Dagmar

    Hello. First of all I want to thank you for putting this together! I have recently (3 weeks ago) purchased the 1005HAB (should work the same as the HA) and have foind very little info specifically about our make/model for running os x. Anyway, for the last two weeks I have been trying desperately to get this working. I started off trying it with ideneb 1.3 booting off of a USB DVD (I am unable to use your method of USB boot as my real Mac is a PPC using 10.4.11) I tried that install method SEVERAL times before realizing there was an ACPI error that was preventing the install at all (it wouldn show the Apple screen for a split second then say I needed to restart the computer). So, then I downloaded 1.4 10.5.5 and tried the same USB DVD install. This time it would boot and go straight to the Apple screen. However, instead of continuing with the load it would stay on this screen, the DVD would stop spinning after maybe 30 seconds and then it would hang on the Apple screen forever (I let it go 20 minutes before giving up). So, my real question is WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?! I am DESPERATE to make this work!

    I initially knew nothing about this and have faced a steep, sometimes frustratin, but fun learning curve. ANY insight/help you can offer will be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks again for what you have written and in advance for any help you may offer.

    -Dagmar

  3. Michael

    Hello

    I have also the Asus Eee Pc 1005HA and the same problem.
    The istallation is Ok and the restart stuck ad the Apple Logo.
    Whats going on here ?
    Plese Help if you can.

    regards from Germany
    Michael

  4. Michael

    Hello

    I have also the Asus Eee Pc 1005HA and the same problem.
    The istallation is Ok and the restart stuck ad the Apple Logo.
    Whats going on here ?
    Plese Help if you can.

    regards from Germany
    Michael

  5. Diogo

    Hi all I’m stuck in the begining
    I used the the OSX 10.6 method and then i used EEEBOOT from http://eeemac.blogspot.com/2009/03/install-os-x-on-eee-pc-900a-901-1000.html to boot.

    and i simple got stuck in the begining darwin boot then….. stuck any ideia?
    maybe i have to use diferent image of mac. which one are you using?

    Thanks
    Diogo

  6. Diogo

    Hi all I’m stuck in the begining
    I used the the OSX 10.6 method and then i used EEEBOOT from http://eeemac.blogspot.com/2009/03/install-os-x-on-eee-pc-900a-901-1000.html to boot.

    and i simple got stuck in the begining darwin boot then….. stuck any ideia?
    maybe i have to use diferent image of mac. which one are you using?

    Thanks
    Diogo

  7. Eugen

    How can you create the bootable usb on xp. I don’t have a mac, but would like to run os x and xp on my Eee

  8. Eugen

    How can you create the bootable usb on xp. I don’t have a mac, but would like to run os x and xp on my Eee

  9. Eugen

    This is the best explanation of how to install osx and xp on Eee with only one usb.
    http://www.hackint0sh.org/f200/79718.htm

  10. GreenGuyVT

    So, would this also work using a USB/Firewire external HD as the boot device instead of the thumb drive?

  11. GreenGuyVT

    So, would this also work using a USB/Firewire external HD as the boot device instead of the thumb drive?

  12. Eugen

    Hey guys, I tried ddmac to boot mac os from my usb using xp. However I get the following when I boot from the usb:

    H00000050
    ]-00000052
    =00000001
    }*!-0077007E
    7-

    Can anyone help me with this?

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  15. nash

    hi i got a snow leopard osx.dmg how to install it on my thunb drive and then to my eee pc 1005ha? thanks, got no ideneb,,

  16. Jeannot Muller

    I wrote an application to automate this process on OS X. The program is called iUUInstallerOSX and can be downloaded from

    http://www.ramgad.com/iuuinstallerosx/

    Please drop me a note over there in case of any issues.

  17. Jeannot Muller

    I wrote an application to automate this process on OS X. The program is called iUUInstallerOSX and can be downloaded from

    http://www.ramgad.com/iuuinstallerosx/

    Please drop me a note over there in case of any issues.

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