blog post: How to make a bootable mavericks disk using voice over and disk utility


IN this article i’ll attempt to go over how to make a bootable disk using mavericks and voice over. You will need access to the terminal and the disk utility and an 8 gb or higher flash drive to do this with. So here we go.

Format your flash drive

  1. launch disk utility
  2. connect your thumb drive
  3. in the table, go to the root of the thumb drive that is the brand name and size, not the name underneath such as untitled.
  4. Stop interacting with the table and go to the partitions tab.
  5. Press vo space on it. and choose 1 partition from the pop up button. You will loose what ever is on this drive.
  6. Navigate to the format and choose from the pop up button osx extended journaled.
  7. Navigate to options and press vo space.
  8. Choose guid partition skeem and hit ok.
  9. go to apply and confirm.

After your drive is reformatted you can proceed to the next step.

show all files in the finder

When you have reformatted your drive you will need to show all files in osx. You will need to do this to access some hidden files under the app for mavericks which you should have downloaded from the app store and kept some ware, both in your applications folder and an external drive.

  1. launch the terminal by hitting cmd shift u from the finder window and opening the
  2. paste this command in to the terminal and hit enter

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

    if you are in mavericks the case is different.

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

  3. Enter this command in to the terminal

    killall Finder

  4. relaunch. This should show all files no matter what it is. Be very careful in this mode from here to the end.

Make the boot disk

Now you are ready to proceed. You will need disk utility and the knowledge of the drag drop ways in voice over. I use the newer method as it seems to work better then the old method.

  1. From the applications folder if you still have the mavericks app file there, hit vo shift m and choose show package contents.
  2. Navigate to contents, then to shared support..
  3. Open installesd.dmg
  4. Once that is loaded go to “BaseSystem.dmg” and hit cmd down arrow. if that does not work hit vo shift m and choose to open it.
  5. Now go back to disk utility and find “BaseSystem.dmg” and press vo space on the restore tab.
  6. Once done check to see if that is the source.
  7. If it is, go to your partitioned drive or what ever you called it, for example 10.9 and press vo plus the , key. (you need to have punctuation shown to see the symbol, but basically it’s the key below the k on a qwerty keyboard).
  8. hit b for basesystem.dmg and make sure you are still on the restore tab.
  9. go to the text that says drag image here, or something to that effect and press vo period. on that text.
  10. If you are lucky you will hear item dropped on what ever that text says. Verify that you see your partition there.
  11. Now, hit restore and wait for your flash disk to be restored.
  12. When the finder opens stay in that window and make sure you are in list view by hitting cmd 2.
  13. Now navigate to the system folder, then installation, then remove the file packages.alius.
  14. Open a new finder window and go to your installesd.dmg and copy the packages folder to the clip board.
  15. Close the window with cmd w.
  16. Now paste in the packages folder in the window you are in.

When you are done you can hide all files by entering

  • for 10.8 and below

  • and for mavericks the command is

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE

Test the drive

Once you are done you can test the drive by going to your system prefs and start disk, then navigating through the radio buttons. If you see BaseSystem you did it, you might have to rename the drive if you want to, but that’s how you make a bootable drive. Note, it will look different, that is the table of utilities are missing but this does indeed work.



p>As you can see making a bootable drive is not impossible, it just takes patience. But if you follow the steps above you should be ok. I Welcome your comments and questions via the blog post.