Buy OS X Mountain Lion Download + Installer as a USB boot stick

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Since its introduction in 2012, OS X Mountain Lion has shaped the Mac operating system landscape. Whether you're looking to upgrade or considering a downgrade, a bootable USB stick with the OS X Mountain Lion installer is often essential. In this article you will learn why buying a ready-made boot stick is the better option in many cases.

The desktop of OS X Mountain Lion including a chic dock.

OS X Mountain Lion boot stick

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

DS Systems Installation Boot Stick Compatible with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion macOS 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 Mountain Lion 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 Mountain Lion installer

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

Download OS X Mountain Lion and create a boot stick? No thanks!

Creating a boot stick for OS X Mountain Lion can be complicated. 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.

Bootable USB stick with OS X Mountain Lion 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.

OS X Mountain Lion
The desktop background of OS X Mountain Lion should also look familiar to you. However, I always had the other active, which is further down the post.

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.

OS X Mountain Lion – the essentials in a nutshell

  • developer and release: Developed by Apple Inc. released July 25, 2012.
  • last update: Version 10.8.5 of September 12, 2013.
  • sequence: Successor to OS X Lion, followed by OS X Mavericks.
  • First Beta version: Unveiled February 16, 2012.
  • Sales: Exclusively via the Mac App Store for 17,99 euros.
  • sales figures: Three million copies sold in the first four days.
  • iOS integration: Acquisition of iOS software and design concepts.
  • AirPlay: System-wide support for audio and video.
  • iCloud and Game Center: Integration of the cloud computing service and the gaming network.
  • Gatekeeper: Introduction to monitoring application launches.
  • Social networks: Support for Twitter and Facebook.
  • Power Nap: Backup and sync while idle on selected models.
  • Safari 6: Revised search function and synchronization with iOS devices.
  • RSS support: Omitted in the e-mail program and in the Browser Safari.
  • X11.app: No longer part of the operating system, support for XQuartz.
  • Download as installer on USB stick: here at Amazon
DS Systems Installation Boot Stick Compatible with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion macOS 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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