This was written for Intel Mac… it may not work on PPC Mac.
This guide will help you make a bootable USB / FireWire drive with recovery tools and the ability to install your bundled Mac OS X from the external drive.
Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any lost files, damaged hardware, or any other damage resulting from the use of this tutorial; back up any important files just in case. Use of this guide is at your own discretion.
1. Get the required items:
- Mac OS X Restore DVDs
- Drivers (Mighty Mouse,Cordless Keyboard, etc.)
- Any additional software
2. Download the tools:
3. Install the tools:
- Drag PortableOSX from the mounted DMG to the Applications on your bootable drive
- Install TechTools Deluxe to the Applications on your bootable drive
4. Make the USB/Firewire drive bootable:
Note: This involves formatting… make sure you have backup of all files on another drive.
- Plug in the external drive and turn it on
- Open Disk Utility
- Select the drive you have inserted in the list on the left side
(Select the actual device not the mounted volume)
- Select the Partition tab
- Click the Options… button
- Select GUID Partition Table and click OK
- Select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and click Partition
- Once it is all done the external volume should now be partitioned correctly for booting
5. Install PortableOSX:
- Run PortableOSX from where you extracted it.
- Insert your Mac OS X Install DVD
(Disc 1 if you got a 2 disc set)
- Drag the mounted volume you want to install to the PortableOSXwindow
- press the return key
- Drag the mounted Mac OS X Install DVD to the PortableOSX window
- press the return key
- Let the file copy finish
(its gonna take a while)
- Restart and hold Option to select and boot to your USB/Firewire drive
(First boot will be slow)
6. Configure your Rescue / Install Drive:
- Do updates to make sure the OS X install is safe and stable
- Install any drivers you need
(Mighty Mouse, Cordless Keyboard)
- Create DMG files of your Mac OS X Install dvd/dvds
(Only needed if you want to install from your external drive)
- Create Aliases of the DMG file/files on the desktop
- Copy any apps from your internal mac drive to the Applications folder on the external drive
(it is recommended that you copy a browser over.. handy for troubleshooting)
- Customize the the install to the way you like it
(I put the most common utilities and such on my dock)
7. Installing Mac OS X from USB/FireWire drive:
- Mount the Mac OS X Install DVD dmg file
(both if you got the 2 DVD set)
- Open the mounted Mac OS X Install DVD
(Disc 1 if you got 2 DVD set)
- Browse to /System/Installation/Packages on the DVD
- Open OSInstall.mpkg to start the install when you need it
(Lets hope you never need it.. but at least it will be faster than the DVD/DVDs)
If I made any mistakes please leave a comment and i will correct them… thanks!
Edit: Part 2 has been posted… check it out here.