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The latest version of OS X is called Mavericks. In contrast to earlier OS X systems, there is no longer an option to order a [USB stick->usb stick] with the system from Apple. That means you load the operating system from the App-Store and can then install it - but only once on one computer, because after that the download is no longer available. If you look after several Macs and want to install them on all Mavericks, you are often better served with a USB stick for installation. Especially when the Internet connection is slow and you have to wait hours on every Mac for [OS X Mavericks->os-x-mavericks] to load from the App Store.
Most will now think that you can do the same with Mavericks as with Mountain Lion and simply grab the InstallESD.dmg from the download from the AppStore and then restore this image to a USB stick. Unfortunately this is possible, but the installation process breaks off towards the end because the installer cannot verify the OS X.
The solution is now a little different: You go to the AppStore and load the OS X Installer app. You don't let this run, you just plug in the USB stick on which you want to create the Mavericks installer. Now you use that createinstallmedia Tool to convert USB stick into bootable installer based on Mavericks installer. To find out more about the tool, type in the following Port:
/Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia
It may be that you have to adjust the path to the installer app in the terminal command. The steps are here again explained on a support page from Apple.
As an Apple user lazy about terminals, I naturally took a different route and decided to go with it the DiskMaker X program is loaded (it's free). The tool creates a bootable volume such as a USB stick with the help of an Apple script and a very easy-to-understand GUI. The Mavericks installation file from the AppStore also serves as a basis for DiskMaker X, of course.
If your Mac is already running on OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), the AppStore will report that you have already installed OS X 10.9 and will also indicate that you can load the installation file if you click "Continue". You should then do this so that the file is stored on the computer.
The question is answered quickly, because the installation image alone has a size of 5,3 GB. For this reason, Apple recommends using a USB stick with at least 8 GB capacity. The next question is then whether you should use a USB-2 or a USB-3 stick. This depends on whether you are using an up-to-date Mac that also supports USB-3. If that is the case, you will of course reach your goal faster with a USB-3 stick, since it can write and read faster than a USB-2 stick. In spite of everything, a USB-2 stick also does its job - just a little slower.
If you don't have a suitable USB stick yet, you can choose a suitable one here. Both sticks from Transcend have been rated very well by many customers and are ideally suited as volumes for the Mavericks OS X installer.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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