How to create a bootable USB for MacOS Sierra (hackintosh)?

On June 13, MacOS Sierra was unveiled at the WWDC and with it brings some great new features including the most awaited introduction of Siri to the desktop environment. Finally you can search over voice like you do on your iPhone or iPad. But that is not all as it has some handy features to add to it’s list of changelog.

The OS will be coming in fall with the public beta to be released in July. But the good news is that you don’t have to wait that long to try it as the developer preview of the OS is out and you can take it for a spin to see what to expect in the final build. If you are a Mac owner then you can easily go to the Apple site and register for the developer account which will give you access to the developer preview.

But if you are an Intel user like me and is running a hackintosh then you my friend have to take a different route for the update. Here I will discuss two method for creating the bootable USB you can use to install MacOS Sierra on your hackintosh. So, lets begin….

Method 1

Using Terminal

Things you will need

Procedure

  • Make sure you have the MacOS Sierra beta app present in your applications folder.

  • Open Disk Utility and format your USB flash drive as Mac OS Extended Journaled.

  • While formatting name the USB as Sierra (if you prefer another use that but remember it then)
  • Open Terminal (Applications > Utilities > Terminal) and paste the below command

    [su_note] sudo /Applications/Install\ 10.12\ Developer\ Preview.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/Sierra –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ 10.12\ Developer\ Preview.app –no-interaction [/su_note]

  • Terminal will ask if you wish to continue, just type “Y” for yes and wait for the process to complete

  • Once done, open the Clover installer and install the bootloader onto the USB you just created
  • During the installation you need to select the USB where you want to install and before installing click the customise button and check the boxes of : Install for UEFI booting only, under Drivers64UEFI tick OsxAptioFixDrv-64 and PartitionDxe-64
  • Once you have done all that click install and enter your password when asked for
  • After the completion, Clover would mount the EFI partition.
  • Copy the FakeSMC.kext to – EFI > Clover > Kexts > Others and 10.12
  • Your USB in ready.

Video for the Method 1:

Method 2

Things you will need

Procedure

  • Make sure you have the MacOS Sierra beta app present in your applications folder
  • Open Disk Utility and format your USB flash drive as Mac OS Extended JournaledHow to create a bootable USB for MacOS Sierra
  • Open Clover v2.3k Special Edition v3 installer and select the creation USBHow to create a bootable USB for MacOS Sierra_1
  • Now select the Install 10.12 Developer PreviewHow to create a bootable USB for MacOS Sierra_2
  • Then select Continue in the next popupHow to create a bootable USB for MacOS Sierra_4
  • Next, in the installer select the USB you formatted for installation.
  • Before installing click the customise button and check the boxes of : USB Installer,Install for UEFI booting only, under Drivers64UEFI tick OsxAptioFixDrv-64 and PartitionDxe-64
  • Click install and enter your password when prompted for
  • Your USB is ready

Once you have the USB, just restart and plug in the drive and install as usual.

Hope this guide helps and if it does then share it to help others.

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