Buy Mac OS X Snow Leopard Download + Installer as a USB boot stick

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Mac OS X Snow Leopard remains a classic among Mac operating systems, even though it was released back in 2009. Whether you're upgrading or downgrading, sometimes you need a bootable USB stick with the OS X Snow Leopard installer. In this article you will learn why buying a ready-made boot stick is often the better choice.

who still knows him? The good old snow leopards from OS X Snow Leopard? (Source: Apple)
who still knows him? The good old snow leopards from OS X Snow Leopard? (Source: Apple)

OS X Snow Leopard boot stick

Since you are probably in a hurry and want to get your USB stick with the OS X Snow Leopard installer, I have Here is the direct link to the boot stick on Amazon.

DS Systems Installation Boot Stick Compatible with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard macOS Bootable Bootable...
  • Comes with detailed but easy to understand step-by-step instructions. Completely in German.
  • With this DS Systems USB (Type-A) boot stick it is possible to carry out a complete new installation on, for example, a...
  • Always check the system requirements beforehand. If in doubt, you can check compatibility...

Are you looking for a bootable USB stick for another macOS or OS X? Then please here to our overview.

Booting from the stick: This is how you use the boot stick

If you decide to purchase a boot stick, the OS X Snow Leopard download is already included.

Important: In the following guide I have an explanation for both Intel Macs and Apple Silicon Macs, but some Apple operating systems only run on Intel Macs and others only on Apple Silicon Macs. I have this in mind, but didn't want to adapt the instructions for each system.

To boot the Mac from the USB stick, proceed as follows:

  1. Restart your Mac
  2. Intel Macs: right after startup (there's a beep on most Macs), hold the Option buttone (also called the ALT or Option key).
    Apple Silicon Macs: here you have to keep the power button pressed when you turn it on
  3. Now the boot manager should start and show you which volumes you can boot from (with Apple Silicon Macs you get to the boot options, which work similarly, but here you have to start from USB sticks in the Startup security utility allow)
  4. select the USB stick here and continue
  5. this should launch the OS X Snow Leopard installer

I hope you manage to get the boot stick – and hopefully your Mac – up and running with this.

Download Snow Leopard and create a boot stick? No thanks!

Creating a Snow Leopard bootstick can be tricky. Often the process fails, and if you don't have a second Mac available, it becomes even more difficult. I've tried it several times and finally only got a bootable USB stick with OS X El Capitan with my old iMac.

Some people have also reported problems with certain USB sticks, while others are struggling to download the OS X installer. Bottom line, you can spend hours without ending up with a working boot stick.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard still belongs to the Apple operating systems of the predator class - later it went more in the direction of landscapes.
Mac OS X Snow Leopard still belongs to the Apple operating systems of the predator class - later it went more in the direction of landscapes.

Bootable USB stick with OS X Snow Leopard from DS Systems

The DS Systems bootable USB sticks mentioned above are recommended by a reader who was looking for an OS X download himself and wanted to create a boot stick with the installer. During his research, he came across the DS Systems installer at some point and had good experiences with it.

DS Systems offers a range of tested and working Apple operating systems on USB sticks on Amazon. The advantage is that you get bootable and reliable USB sticks with which you can also reinstall Macs that no longer boot.

Why not eBay?

It may be tempting to buy a cheap boot stick on eBay, but caution is advised. These sticks are often infected with malware, which can turn your Mac into a virus slingshot immediately after installation. With DS Systems you can be sure that you will get a clean and working Mac operating system.

Desktop wallpaper for OS X Snow Leopard fans.
Desktop wallpaper for OS X Snow Leopard fans.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard – the essentials in a nutshell

  • Developed by Apple Inc.
  • First published on August 28, 2009
  • Current version 10.6.8 v1.1 (Status: July 25, 2011)
  • Requires Mac with Intel processor
  • At least 1 GB RAM and 5 GB free hard disk space
  • DVD drive required for installation
  • Last macOS version with PowerPC emulation (Rosetta)
  • Improvements in performance, efficiency and stability
  • Supports Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
  • 6 GB less disk space usage
  • Supports up to 16 exabytes of memory with a 64-bit kernel
  • Grand Central Dispatch for efficient use of multi-core processors
  • QuickTime X for broader format support and better performance
  • Open Computing Language (OpenCL) for use of the graphics processor
  • Upgrade costs €29 in Germany (approx. €2023 adjusted for inflation in 37)
  • Server variant for an unlimited number of clients for €499 (adjusted for inflation in 2023 approx. €637)
  • It is succeeded by Mac OS X Lion (10.7), released on July 20, 2011
  • Download as installer on USB stick: here at Amazon
DS Systems Installation Boot Stick Compatible with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard macOS Bootable Bootable...
  • Comes with detailed but easy to understand step-by-step instructions. Completely in German.
  • With this DS Systems USB (Type-A) boot stick it is possible to carry out a complete new installation on, for example, a...
  • Always check the system requirements beforehand. If in doubt, you can check compatibility...

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