Jan 8, 2010

How To Create A Hackintosh Install USB Flash Drive On the Easy

Last year some time I first got my Dell Mini 9, and proceeded to hack it with Mac OSX. Not because I like OSX per se, but because I heard I could do it, and wanted to try it out.
When I first installed it I followed the instructions from Gizmodo on installing OSX on my Dell mini. The instructions were fairly straight forward, but still kind of a pain in the butt.
The other day a friend of mine showed me a utility that will take all of the real work out of turning your netbook into an ultimate Hackintosh bad boy toy!
There is a Google code tool called Netbook Bootmaker. You use it to make a bootable OSX install USB Thumb Drive! It currently works with both OSX Leopard (10.5.6 - 10.5.8) and OSX Snow Leopard (10.5.6 -10.6.x)! Currently, here are the supported netbooks:

  • Acer Aspire One D150
  • Dell Mini 9 / Vostro A90
  • Dell Mini 10v
  • Lenovo S10 2 
  • HP Mini 110
  • Samsung NC-10
The cool thing about the Netbook Bootmaker is that once you create your install DVD it will work on any of the above netbooks! No muss, no fuss!
What you will need:
  • Retail DVD of OSX
  • A USB Thumb drive with at least 8GB of storage
  • A Mac/Hackintosh already running OSX
That last bullet point kind of sucks, but the Netbook Bootmaker is an OSX application, and will not run on Windows. Once you have what you need, do the following on the computer already running OSX:
  • Download the Netbook BootmakerHackintosh_by_3LgoRdo
  • Insert your retail OSX DVD
  • Insert your USB Thumb Drive
  • In Finder, click on Go > Utilities > Disk Utility
  • Click on your Thumb Drive and select Restore
  • Drag and drop your DVD to the source
  • Drag and drop your USB to the destination
  • Check the box to erase, then click restore
  • Go make some coffee, because this will take a while
  • Once complete, open up Netbook Bookmaker
  • Select your Thumb drive from the drop down
  • Click Prepare Boot Drive
  • Done!
Now when you are ready to install OSX on your netbook, just boot up to your thumb drive, and go through a typical install! After everything is installed on your new Hackintosh, go into your utilities and run the Netbook installer app to make sure everything is working right. It literally couldn’t be any easier!
Do you know if a similar utility to create an easy bootable USB for Hackintosh that will run on Windows? Let us know in the comments!

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