Create a Portable Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 Install on a USB Flash Drive
Want to make a portable USB flash drive OS X installer from Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard, or 10.6 Snow Leopard? You can do that! And no, we don’t mean portable as in a laptop, but portable as in a USB flash drive that can install OS X onto Macs.
Here are articles on how to have a fully functional portable Mac OS X installation that you can tote around on a USB volume, one of these, aimed at Hackintosh, gained a lot of attention several months ago, and one that has recently topped the Digg charts demonstrating a Snow Leopard USB install build from yours truly.
Both will direct you step by step on how to get Mac OS X booting live from a USB pendrive to install. Supposedly, using the same procedure, you can even boot Mac OS X from an iPod! That’s kind of neat, but we advise the USB flash key instead.
For best performance be sure to use the significantly faster USB 2.0 or better, then choose what you need:
- Install Mac OS X Snow Leopard from an external firewire hard drive or USB flash drive
- OSx86 ONLY: Boot Mac OS X x86 from a USB Pendrive – this is for OSx86 (Hackintosh)
- Creating Mac USB drive OS X installers with modern versions of OS X
We will soon have our a tutorial to do this that will be modernized for Tiger and Leopard, stay tuned for that! In the meantime, you can follow the instructions on installing Mac OS X Snow Leopard from an external hard drive and they are virtually the same, you can modify those yourself for Tiger if need be, but OS X Snow Leopard is really a good Mac OS X so perhaps that’s the better route if the Mac hardware (or Hackintosh) supports it.