Flash drives only fit one way, so don't force the drive if it doesn't fit. This will prompt a drop-down menu. Note that the window that displays the command scrolls to the right. At this point, select the key from the sidebar on the left and then click on Initialize up. This is useful when attempting to install an operating system e. Then simply boot up your Mac, and as it is starting up, hold down the Option key.
All younger Macs can enter Internet Recovery by pressing option +command + R during startup. For a Hackintosh computer that using standard keyboard press Alt and Q in the same times to quit Terminal. This procedure could take a few minutes, at the end click on Finish. But if you do have a problem, let me know in the comments. Further Reading It was 2009. The older process outlined in the Yosemite document will work for El Capitan; you need only be aware of file name changes, such as El Capitan instead of Yosemite in the instructions. Now sit back and wait.
In other words, you no longer have the same safety net or convenience. Did a friend suggest you always have a bootable operating system support at hand so that you always have a Swiss army knife in case of an emergency? DiskMaker X will now take its time and finish eventually. Look for your flash drive's name, letter, or size in gigabytes to identify it. I have tried one more way but it did not work well. And if your Mac is experiencing problems, a bootable installer drive makes a handy emergency disk. Read more of my posts on my blog at.
Booting from the installer drive You can boot any El Capitan-compatible Mac from your new installer drive. This will activate it, and just follow the on-screen instructions from Apple. 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. If you need to install El Capitan on multiple Macs, using a bootable installer drive is faster and more convenient than downloading or copying the entire installer to each computer. I will do what I can to assist. Yes Mac fanboys, your computer too. You will not have to download programs or use paid tools, just follow the instructions below to create the Mojave stick in a few minutes.
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. You will need to format the drive as well. You should be keeping constant backups or even better, relying on offsite backups as well. Beware, that all data on this medium will be deleted! There are two methods of creating the bootable installer; one involves using , the Finder, , and a great deal of effort and time. It will take some time. Originally, this guide was written to include instructions for the public beta of El Capitan that was released during the summer of 2015. The wikiHow Tech Team also followed the article's instructions and validated that they work.
Thanks again to John for pointing this out! These instructions will also work for other suitable bootable devices. We suggest calling the drive elcapitaninstaller. Then, restart your Mac or, if it's currently shut down, start it up while holding down the Option key. The only slightly less-easy way If you don't want to use Diskmaker X, Apple has actually included a terminal command that can create an install disk for you. You can bypass all that with a boot medium that you can make on a second machine. This is because the hdiutil program automatically adds the dmg file extension. The icon of the file will then appear in the window at the top.
To use the bootable installer on Mac, connect the volume containing the bootable installer to your Mac. This procedure will erase all data on the stick and then back up the data. Macworld also has bootable-install-drive instructions for , , , and. First, in a terminal window, you will need to convert the iso file to an img file using hdiutil like so:. If you wish to use this method, you can follow our guide on , and no, that's not a typo. If you just updated your Mac to this version, you may find it in Applications.
But even if this is your goal, it's not too likely that you're actually ready to start the install process. When you start up Rufus any pen drives you have plugged in to the computer should automatically appear in the Device box at the top. This is very handy if you have to install your operation system again. It's a black box at the top of the Start window. Enter the password, and press return or enter. Here's what you need to get started.
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. This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. Once booted, you'll be able to install or upgrade El Capitan as you normally would. Paste the copied command into Terminal and press Return. DiscMaker X now should find the installation package by itself. Or maybe you need a recovery disk for older Macs that don't support the Internet Recovery feature. See how easy it was?.
Once you see Copy Complete. Version 5 is the one with official El Capitan support. If you don't see this message, you're already set. This appears to show 3 physical discs but it does not. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. Next, download the installer from the Mac App Store.