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The steps below will guide you through how to Install OS X Snow Leopard from a USB Flash Drive. Alternatively, you can also read these instructions on how to install OS X Lion from a USB Flash Drive.

Apple officially released Snow Leopard a couple years ago and consumers can still find the latest version of OS X at Apple Stores and resellers across the country.

My Install Disk for Snow Leopard will not boot on my iMac 27in. The Apple Logo is the only thing the user will see. The current OS on the system is 10.6.6. Upon placing the Snow Leopard DVD in the system, the DVD players spins for a few seconds and displays the Apple Logo. Nothing happens after 20 minutes. Easy enough right? Ok so here’s how you create a bootable Snow Leopard installation drive out of your external firewire or USB hard disk. Install Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard from an external Firewire or USB drive. Launch Disk Utility. Select the External Firewire/USB device that you want to use as the boot drive for the upgrade. Install Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard from an external Firewire or USB drive. Launch Disk Utility. Select the External Firewire/USB device that you want to use as the boot drive for the upgrade. Sep 23, 2019 One high quality USB flash drive with 16GB of storage. A copy of Apple’s macOS (DMG file). Now that you have all the necessary ingredients.

At version 10.6, Snow Leopard, focused more on improving speed and performance than adding new features to OS X. With the operating system available to customers, individuals are ready for their upgrades.

Installing OS X From a USB Drive

Like other versions of OS X, Snow Leopard can be installed from a USB drive. This is especially beneficial to Macbook Air users looking to install the OS without a DVD drive. To do this, you’ll need to prepare your USB drive with the installation files. Like many of our other Mac Help articles, the steps listed below worked particularly for Snow Leopard but should also work for installing OS X from USB on Leopard.

The installation files sit at 6.2gb on the Snow Leopard DVD, so you’ll probably need a drive that has at least 8gb available. If you want your installation files to last against the elements, check out this 8 GB Water/Shock Resistant USB flash drive.

After you’ve gotten the correct USB device, connect it to your Mac and prepare it with the Snow Leopard installation files by following these steps:

NOTE:Depending on your flash drive, you may need to follow steps 5 – 7 on installing onto a USB drive to make sure the drive is bootable before you get start. This includes updating the options for the partition so that it is set to a GUID partition. If the USB drive is not bootable you will NOT be able to install from it.

  1. Open Disk Utility and select the Flash Drive
  2. Select the Erase tab on the right and then set Format to Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Name the partition you’ll be creating Snow Leopard or OS X Install so you can keep track of your installation device. After you’ve done this, click the Erase button.
  3. After Disk Utility finishes erasing your old data on the flash drive and setting it as a new partition, it will be ready for the Snow Leopard install files. Select the Restore tab at the top and then drag the Snow Leopard DVD to the Source field. Select your USB device for the Destination file. Click Restore and wait for the restoration to finish (about 20 minutes).
  4. If the restoration worked correctly you should be able to open your USB device and see the Leopard installation files. If you try and click the Install OS X Snow Leopard icon, you’ll get the message below telling you you can’ install OS X from this volume. IGNORE the message. The next steps will walk you through the installation steps.
  5. Now that the installation files are successfully on your USB device, be sure to remove the Snow Leopard installation DVD from your drive. Next, restart your Mac and when it first starts to reboot, be sure to hold down the option (alt) key on your keyboard. After a few seconds at least two volumes should appear for you to select from for installation. One of those will be the USB drive we just prepared. Select it.
  6. After the Snow Leopard installation software boots from your USB drive, follow the on screen instructions for installation. It took about 38 minutes to install Snow Leopard on my machine from the USB drive. I’m curious to see how this compares to the average Mac users, please leave a post in the comments letting us know how long it took on your machine.
  7. After the installation finishes, it will reboot your computer into your new upgraded version of OS X, version 10.6 Snow Leopard

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This method works for installing OS X Snow Leopard onto a Mac from a USB Drive. It should also work for installing Leopard or other older versions of OS X on Intel Based Macs. Check back often for additional help and tips for your Mac.

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In this posting I document the steps needed to create aninstaller disk image from Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard retail DVD ina generic way. While the process is well documented byothers[1],I’ll do it here once more with a twist. The whole thing is createdin shell using only command-line tools. The resulting disk imagecan be written onto a USB storage media and then used to installthe operating system to a generic PC that is supported by theretail version of Mac OS X. You’ll need a working Mac OS X 10.6installation running on a genuine Mac or Hackintosh with root shellaccess. For sake of simplicity, we use an image of the Mac OS X10.6 Snow Leopard DVD (called~/Desktop/Hackintosh/Mac_OS_X_10.6_Snow_Leopard.dmg inthis guide) so you must create it from your physical DVDbeforehand[2].

  1. Create a disk image file for the installation media. 6500megabytes will hold the installation partition. The disk image willbe initialized with MBR partition scheme and one partition iscreated onto it. Soon we’ll wipe out this partition, though.

  2. Attach the Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard retail DVD image.

  3. The command will print the device name for the disk. Write thatdown. In the guide we’re using /dev/disk1.

  4. Attach the newly created empty disk image.

  5. Write down also the device name for the installer disk. In theguide we’re using /dev/disk2.

  6. Now we use dd(1) command to clone the 3rd partitionfrom the retail DVD that holds the Mac OS X installer and write itto the 1st partition of the installer disk. Be sure to adjust thedevice names according to your system as you can potentiallydestroy your installation big time if you screw up here. This mighttake quite a lot of time to complete.

  7. Then mount the installer disk. The installer file system shouldbe available at /Volumes/Mac OS X Install DVD.

  8. Fix the installer mountpoint so that file can be owned byroot.

  9. Rename the installer file system. After that the installer filesystem is available at /Volumes/Hackintosh Snow LeopardInstall Disk.

  10. Mark the file system so that fseventsd doesn’t keep any logsthere.

  1. The installer won’t boot on a generic PC without a special bootloader which loads the Mac OS X kernel in an environment thatemulates real Mac. See more about Chameleon in the posting Createpreboot image for Chameleon bootloader. Download Chameleon2.0-RC4[3]boot loader and extractChameleon-2.0-RC4-r684-bin.tar.gz somewhere, e.g.~/Desktop/Hackintosh thus creating directory~/Desktop/Hackintosh/Chameleon-2.0-RC4-r684-bin.

  2. First, unmount the installer disk so that we can write directlyto the block device.

  3. Next few steps are also documented in the filedoc/README under Chameleon directory. We’ll installthe initial boot code to the master boot record of the installerdisk.

  4. And then let’s install the 2nd stage boot code at the beginningof the 1st partition of the installer disk.

  5. Mount the installer disk again. The installer file system shouldbe available at /Volumes/Hackintosh Snow Leopard InstallDisk.

  6. Fix the installer mountpoint so that file can be owned byroot.

  7. And then copy the final stage of Chameleon boot code to theinstaller file system. We’re now done with the boot loader coreinstallation.

  8. While not needed for Chameleon to operate, copy also the initialand 2nd stage boot code images to the installer file system. Youmay need these if you have to recover Chameleon installation.

Create preboot image for Chameleon that suits your system. I’vewritten about this in the posting called Create prebootimage for Chameleon bootloader. In the following steps it isexpected that the preboot image is saved as the file~/Desktop/Hackintosh/Preboot.dmg.

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  1. Chameleon expects to find the preboot image under the directoryExtra in the root of the installer file system. Solet’s create that.

  2. Install the preboot image onto the installer file system

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Optionally, you can customize many boot properties such as bootconsole graphics mode or enabled hardware by creating the fileExtra/ under the Chameleon bootdisk. You could start by copying the file/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ an existing Mac OS X Snow Leopard installation and then use itas template. Chameleon binary download[3]contains the file doc/BootHelp.txt which lists thesupported settings. Also thesepostings[4],[5]contain some useful info about

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If you want that the installer is booted automatically withoutdisplaying Chameleon GUI, use the following kind of bootconfiguration and save it as /Volumes/Hackintosh Snow LeopardInstall Disk/Extra/ Of course you mayalso add any local modifications, such as enabling of somehardware, if needed.

  1. Cleanup installer file system

  2. Image is now ready! You can now eject the retail DVD and theinstaller disk images.

The installer image~/Desktop/Hackintosh/Mac_OS_X_10.6_Snow_Leopard_Hackintosh_Install_Disk.dmgis now ready to be written onto a USB storage media.

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  • [2] How to Convert Snow Leopard Retail Disk to .DMG /
  • [3] Chameleon 2.0-RC4 is out! /
  • [4] InfiniteMac Forum: SL / SMBIOS.plist /
  • [5] AsereBLN: 13.) [10.5] /