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Sep 22, 2013, 05:31 AM
 
hello there

is there any reason why this procedure would not work with Mavericks?

Quit the OS X Mavericks installer as soon as it auto starts.

Go to Applications/Install Mac OS X Mavericks.

Control-click and select "Show Package Contents".

Open the “Contents” folder.

Open the “SharedSupport” folder.

Find the Mavericks “InstallESD.dmg”

Copy/drag it to the desktop.

if i’ve got anything wrong, please correct me

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Sep 29, 2013, 03:16 AM
 
okay

so I take it that's right ...
     
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Sep 29, 2013, 04:58 PM
 
Not sure what you're trying to do with that dodge....

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Sep 29, 2013, 05:28 PM
 
The intent is to create an actual, bootable installer that does not need to be connected to the Internet.

It can be invaluable to have a little USB stick partitioned to three OS installers, rather than waiting for a full download through a wonky 2Mbit DSL line and a dodgy modem.
     
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Sep 29, 2013, 09:21 PM
 
I see. Parsing file names is often difficult for me because I might see something as being different words based on where I think they break. The "ESD" part is particularly confusing to someone like me who doesn't dissect a whole OS install on a regular basis.

This is very interesting. I'm looking forward to the OP chiming in...

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Sep 29, 2013, 09:40 PM
 
99.9% chance that it will work.

It did with Lion and Mountain Lion, so I don't see why Apple would try to disallow it.

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Sep 30, 2013, 05:33 AM
 
i think you're giving me too much credit.

i don't even know what "parsing" means.

i just dug this up from a Lion install i did years ago and was wondering ...
     
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Oct 24, 2013, 04:41 AM
 
so this worked

UNTIL i got to the copy/drag stage - when it made an alias on my desktop - ?

so then i tried dragging installESD.dmg off-site (to an ext.HD) then dragged it back (to make 2 solid copies). ok so far

but then, opening installESD.dmg reveals just a 'packages' folder, which won't let me do a 'clean install'

this is not how i remember it with MountainLion, and earlier installESD.dmg extractions

memories? thoughts? comments? solutions?

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Oct 24, 2013, 05:38 AM
 
The process has apparently changed. Ars had a piece on how to do it now:

How to make your own bootable OS X 10.9 Mavericks USB install drive | Ars Technica
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
   
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