macOS Sierra has finally arrived! Just like other new operating systems, Apple uses its App Store to distribute its software. You can easily download the new OS from the Mac App Store and install it on your Mac. However, it takes a while for a download to finish. Also, if you are planning to install the new OS on multiple Macs, it’s quite bothering to download the new OS to each and every Mac. In such cases, we recommend you to make a bootable macOS Sierra USB install drive. Here in this post, we’ll discuss it in brief.
How to make a bootable macOS Sierra USB install drive
Option 1. Disk Creator
The easiest way to make a bootable macOS Siera USB install drive is to do it with the help of Disk Creator. The free program can effectively create the flash installer and you can install the new OS on your Mac.
To create a USB flash installer, you’ll need to follow some simple steps mentioned below:
Step 1. Download the macOS Sierra installer and Disk Creator
Step 2. Insert an 8GB (or larger) flash drive. In case you have any other data on the flash drive, back it up now, because the installer will format everything on it
Step 3. Open Disc Creator and click Select the OS X Installer button
Step 4. Locate the Sierra installer file. It should be present in your Applications folder
Step 5. Select the flash drive from the drop down menu
Step 6. Click Create Installer
Once you’ve successfully created the installer, insert your USB drive into any Mac and then launch the installer by holding down the option key when you boot up your computer.
Option 2. Terminal
Well, if you are comfortable with the first option and don’t want to download an extra bit of software on your Mac, you can create your own installer USB drive using Terminal. Let’s see how to do so:
Step 1. Download the macOS Sierra installer
Step 2. Insert an 8GB (or larger) flash drive and give it a name (Here we’ll name it Destiny).
Make sure to format the drive before you use it. Take back-up if there is any sensitive data
Step 3. Open Terminal (Applications > Utilities)
Step 4. Type the following command into the terminal and press Enter:
sudo/Applications/Install\macOS\Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/Destiny –application path /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app –no interaction &&say Done
Step 5. Type-in the password when asked and press Enter
Step 6. Now, let the command line do its work and don’t interrupt until you see the final line that says Done. This all will take a while, so keep clam
When it’s done, insert the USB drive into any Mac and launch the installer by holding down the option key when you boot up your computer.
Our list of methods to make a bootable macOS Sierra USB install drive ends here. So, if you planning to do a clean install of macOS Sierra or you want to install the OS on multiple Macs. You can go through above mentioned methods to create a bootable flash drive and then easily clean install the OS on your Mac. Enjoy!