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posthumanus Sep 22, 2013 05:31 AM
Mavericks “InstallESD.dmg”
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

cheers ... posthumanus
posthumanus Sep 29, 2013 03:16 AM

so I take it that's right ...
ghporter Sep 29, 2013 04:58 PM
Not sure what you're trying to do with that dodge....
Spheric Harlot 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.
ghporter 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...
turtle777 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.

posthumanus 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 ...
posthumanus 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?

cheers, posthumanus
P 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
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