Buy OS X Yosemite Download + Installer as a USB boot stick

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OS X Yosemite represents another crucial step in the evolution of the Mac operating system and was received with great interest in 2014. Whether you're considering upgrading or considering downgrading, a bootable USB stick with the OS X Yosemite installer is often a must.

In this post, we explain to you why purchasing a boot stick that is already configured is in many cases the more sensible choice, especially given the extensive innovations and improvements that this operating system brings with it.

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The operating system OS X Yosemite is named after the national park in the USA.

OS X Yosemite boot stick

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

DS Systems Installation Boot Stick Compatible with OS X 10.10 Yosemite 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 Yosemite 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 Yosemite installer

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

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

Creating a boot stick for OS X Yosemite 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.

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This wallpaper is the default desktop view on OS X Yosemite. It shows the mountains in the national park.

Bootable USB stick with OS X Yosemite 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.

OS X Yosemite – the essentials in a nutshell

  • Release date: 16 October 2014
  • Last update: Version 10.10.5 on August 13, 2015
  • Latest security update: July 19, 2017
  • User interface: Revamped design with flatter elements and transparency
  • Cooperation with iOS: Handoff, calls and SMS via iPhone
  • spotlight: Advanced search capabilities including Wikipedia and maps
  • widgets: New “Today View” in Notification Center
  • Mail drop: Attachments can be saved in iCloud and sent as a link
  • markup: Annotate attachments directly in the Mail app
  • iCloud Drive: Finder integration for accessing iCloud files
  • Dark mode: Optional mode for a darker user interface
  • System Requirements: Compatible with the same hardware as Mavericks and Mountain Lion
  • Successor: OS X El Capitan, released September 30, 2015
  • Safari: Improved JavaScript performance and more energy efficient video playback
  • Continuity: Improved integration with iOS devices for seamless working
  • airdrop: Allows easy file transfer between Mac and iOS devices
  • Family Sharing: Share iTunes and App Store purchases between up to six family members
  • Photos: New Photos app to replace iPhoto
  • Metal: Graphics API for improved performance in games and applications
  • Download as installer on USB stick: here at Amazon
DS Systems Installation Boot Stick Compatible with OS X 10.10 Yosemite 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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