We first of all need to obtain the Diskmaker X utility application, which, as we alluded to earlier, makes the whole process a lot more user friendly. Enter the password, and press return or enter. This prevents us from actually having to delve into the command line and abstracts a lot of the complex nature of the process away. When it does, be sure to quit the installer. You may want to find something to do or take a break.
Although this method involves more steps, it's easier for many Mac users because the majority of the process uses familiar tools. Better to be safe than sorry. Mount your non-booting flash drive to the desktop. Personally, I have only run Snow Leopard and Yosemite in VirtualBox virtual machines. Check Create a Windows 7 or later install disk and click Continue. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I am trying to erase the hard drive of my Mac Retina but the security system does not allow me to open disk image: 2this is an app downloaded from a non identifier developer.
So Apple also suggests you make a bootable install drive via Terminal. You should be able to triple-click the command line below to select the entire command. As hirnwunde has pointed in the comments, the article from works! Then you can either select the new volume in the Startup Disk System Preference pane or boot the computer holding down the option key to select the new volume. All the features are the same for Mac. Here I assume you have enough free space. Unzip the contents of the downloaded compressed file if the download came down as a zip, and keep the DiskMaker X executable in a safe location. If you used the drive name suggested above, you can triple-click on one of the words in the command to select the entire line of text.
The is the last version of the installer with which we verified this manual method using the Finder, Disk Utility, and Terminal. Ensure that you have selected the right volume or, you will lose data Step-3: Go to Partition tab and change partition layout to 1 partition. We have the best upgrades and support for Macs: The easiest and most cost effective way to get the most from your Mac. If you don't see this message, you're already set. Launch the Mac App Store and search for El Capitan. If you choose to use a virtual machine and are having problems setting up, you may want to post a new question. I have the latest version of El Capitan installed.
You can do this by double-clicking the drive's name to select it, and then type in the new name. Use disk utility to change the partition scheme. You can use any in size or larger. DiskMaker X will then display yet another information alert informing you that the application will ask for administrator privileges in the next step. You can actually use any name you wish, but it must exactly match the name you enter in the createinstallmedia command below. This Terminal command, called createinstallmedia, can create a bootable copy of the installer using any drive connected to your Mac.
When the process is finished, a window should open displaying the contents of the new bootable drive. You don't need to install Windows or download the support software at this time, as it will be easier to do both later. Initially you will not see any windows for several seconds, then the administrator password dialog will appear. DiskMaker X now has enough information, and the necessary access to go about its work in the background. So, if you haven't yet used the installer you downloaded, don't.
If Gatekeeper throws up an alert with a warning, click to dismiss it before right clicking on the Diskmaker X app and selecting Open. The system will provide an alert to say that it has found the relevant installer file. In our test, Step 8 took ~ 32 minutes. If you don't want to modify the command, change the name of your flash drive into FlashInstaller. If it's not there, or you're not sure of its name, seethe previous section of this guide for details on the installer file name, and how to download the needed file. Question I purchased El Capitan through the app store a while back for my Macintosh and there is no disk.
If you wish to use this method, you can follow our guide on , and no, that's not a typo. The beta software is unstable, carrier bugs and is not recommended for daily driver. Next, download the installer from the Mac App Store. But since it involves using , and entering a long command with quite a few arguments that need to be provided, it remains mostly unused, if not completely ignored, by many day-to-day Mac users. Now look on the bottom left. The procedure can take as little as a couple minutes, or as long as 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how fast your Mac can copy data to the destination drive. Read the warnings first however as it reiterates the fact that any selected drive will be entirely formatted and wiped clean as part of the process.
Originally, this guide was written to include instructions for the public beta of El Capitan that was released during the summer of 2015. I appreciated a solution posting very much! Now click on upgrade now, the App Store application should open, if not, click to view and download from the Mac App Store. Next you will see a small window with progress information on it as the installer disk is created; the information will change as the process nears its end. Either way, your mileage may vary. Click to erase and wait until finished preparing the bootable drive. Like the previous versions, DiskMaker X is free of charge however, donations are accepted. If you allow the installer to actually perform an installation, the installer will delete itself at the end of the process.
If you do select a different name, you'll need to modify the Terminal command we outline below with the flash drive name you selected. But even if this is your goal, it's not too likely that you're actually ready to start the install process. So, once you install a virtual machine application, you will probably not what to uninstall. Use choose to browse to your. Therefore, make sure there is nothing important on your flash drive before you continue with the following steps. The final version will be available for compatible Macs for free from the Mac App Store this fall.