How to create a bootable USB flash drive with the installer macOS

macOS is the operating system that can work without reinstalling the years. The symbiosis of hardware and software allows to achieve high stability and speed of your computer. However, from errors nobody is insured, and eventually macOS can start to work with failures – and this is particularly noticeable after installing major updates. If the error fails to correct the materials at hand, there is only one solution – a complete reinstallation of the OS.

To reinstall macOS – simple

To reinstall macOS in two ways: using the online restore or a more traditional way — using bootable media.

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To create a bootable USB flash drive with macOS is very easy — just follow simple instructions.

It should be borne in mind that to create a bootable drive need to be Mac. On Windows to pull it off, alas, can not.

Where to start? The first thing you need to determine the version of macOS and download the image to your computer. By the way, this can be done directly through the App Store.

Where to download the image macOS

macOS Mojave;

macOS High Sierra;

macOS Sierra;

OS X Yosemite.

Creating a bootable USB drive with macOS

  • Downloading the image connected the drive to our Mac.
  • Ask the drive a new name for convenience — USB. This can be done in the context menu of the Finder.
  • The next step is to run the application “Terminal” using Spotlight or any other convenient method.
  • Terminal — entry data

  • Now in the command prompt window, insert the command to copy the image to disk. Depending on the OS version, the commands will vary.


sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ --volume /Volumes/USB

High Sierra:

sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ --volume /Volumes/USB


sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ --volume /Volumes/USB --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\

El Capitan:

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ --volume /Volumes/USB --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\

  • After that we will need to confirm the operation of formatting the drive — the password of the administrator.
  • Depending on the speed of the drive, all the data will be copied to a USB flash drive for 5-15 minutes. You’re done!

It remains only to restart the Mac while holding Option key, choose the drive and install macOS.

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