Create Mac Bootable USB from Windows [Full Guide in 2023]

Updated by Dany on Dec 27, 2022
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Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Rescue Data from Mac That Cannot Boot with Software With EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac, you can rescue data from a...Full steps
Fix 2. Create a GPT Partition on a USB Drive

Creating a GPT partition will enable you to manage your drive easily...Full steps

Fix 3. Create a Mac Bootable USB with TransMac on Windows If Mac isn't bootable now, you can always create a Mac bootable USB with...Full steps
Fix 4. Boot Mac with the macOS Bootable USB Most of the work is already done by creating Mac bootable USB from Windows...Full steps

You should know how to create a bootable Mac USB and not wait until there is a problem with your Mac. As with every other machine, there might come a time in their life cycle when your Mac device goes beyond repair.

Making a Mac bootable installer is an easy DIY, as with how to create macOS Ventura bootable USB, or how to download macOS Ventura, etc. With a Mac DMG installer, you can easily download and install the software.

Due to file corruption, severe hardware breakdown, or continuous recurring faults, you may finally have to let it go. While you hope it will not happen, you would need all your data safe and sound if it ever comes to it.

However, using an Apple device doesn't stop you from creating a Mac bootable USB from Windows 10.

The reasons you need to do this are valid for both you and the safety of your data, such as:

  • Use your Mac Bootable installer to troubleshoot your malfunctioned Mac.
  • Have a backup data file in cases of emergency or unexpected Mac failures.
  • Install the earliest version of macOS on your Mac easily when you want.
  • Installing the latest versions of macOS on various Mac devices without downloading them individually etc.

Let's move on to how you can rescue data that cannot boot with software.

Rescue Data from Mac That Cannot Boot with Software

Data safety has to be the most important thing to look out for regarding various devices. With EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac, you can recover files from Mac won't boot, recover accidentally deleted files, and rescue data from a dead hard drive or damaged hardware.

Irrespective of what device you use or how you lost your data, you should be able to recover it entirely, and EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac users helps you do just that. Scenarios such as a virus attack, hard drive damage, operation error, or a macOS being wrongly installed can all be solved by the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac software.

The EaseUS data recovery program also allows you to preview recovered files for the files you deleted intentionally. The best part would be the ease of use and navigation, which this next step would help you with, so keep reading.

Following these few easy steps helps you use this software easily while gaining the best results. These steps include:

How to Create a USB Bootable Media

Step 1. Install and run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac on another Mac computer, and select "File > Create Bootable USB". Then, choose a USB drive to create the bootable disc.

Install and run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to Create Bootable USB

Warning
The creator will prompt to erase the drive to reallocate the space; then it can write the bootable files to this drive. Please back up all USB files before processing "Eraser".

Step 2. The program starts to create a 2GB space and save the boot files. The rest space on the USB can be still used for storage.

 create a 2GB space

Step 3. Once it completes, please follow the guide to boot the corrupted Mac from the bootable disc and start the recovery. We suggest you restore the data to an external hard drive. 

boot the corrupted Mac from the bootable disc

How to Recover Data from Mac Hard Disk

Step 1. Select the disk location (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or a removable storage device) where you lost data and files. Click the "Search for lost files" button.

select a location and scan for lost Mac data

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results on the left pane.

wait for the scan to complete

Step 3. In the scan results, select the file(s) and click the "Recover" button to restore data from Mac.

recover data from Mac hard disk

How to Create Mac Bootable USB from Windows

Having proven how important and useful this is, in this section, you will learn in detail how to do so. The video below offers a thorough and simplified guide to help you create a Mac bootable USB from Windows.

This simplified video guide will give you all the necessary information and a practical walkthrough of what you will do. Watch it now, and check the following highlights:

  • 02:26 Run Command Prompt on your computer
  • 03:40 Download TransMac from the Internet
  • 04:10 Download macOS DMG files

1. How to Create a GPT Partition on a USB Drive

If you want to create Mac bootable USB from Windows, you must create partitions on your USB drive. Creating a GPT partition will enable you to manage your drive easily, amongst other benefits, and it's effortless. Follow the steps below to create a GPT Partition on a USB Drive:

Step 1. Go to Start on your PC and search for Command Prompt. Right-click on the top result and select 'Run as an administrator.'

Step 2. Open the "diskpart" and click "list disk" to view your USB drive.

Step 3. Select your USB disk and press Enter.

Step 4. Select the "Clean" option to clear your disk.

Step 5. Select and click the "Convert GPT" command.

Step 6. Click the "Create Partition Primary", and the process is complete.

Create a GPT Partition on a USB Drive

2. How to Create a Mac Bootable USB with TransMac on Windows

A Mac bootable USB can always be prepared to run directly on your Mac device. However, if your Mac isn't bootable now, you can always create a Mac bootable USB with Transmac on Windows. You can do this on Windows 7, 10, and 11.

To carry out this action, you will need the basics, such as a DMG file on Mac, a USB Drive with over 15GB storage, a trial copy of Transmac, and a Windows PC to run it on. The steps below will help you create a Mac Bootable USB with TransMac on Windows.

Step 1. Insert an empty USB Drive into your Windows PC.

Step 2. Download the TransMac software on your PC and install the software. While it is a paid software, the trial version can serve for this process.

Step 3. Search for TransMac on your PC, and right-click to find further options. On the options bar, click "Run as administrator." A Transmac trial dialogue pops up. Proceed to click "Run."

 click Run as administrator

Step 4. Open the Transmac after successfully downloading it. On the left sidebar, locate the USB you want to use. Right-click on the USB and the pop-up options, and click on "Format Disk for Mac" A warning dialogue for permission to overwrite will come up where you will click Yes.

Format Disk for Mac

Step 5. You must put a name for the drive in the following pop-up box. Choose whatever name you want. A formatting warning appears again, and you still click 'Yes.' Then go ahead to click on 'Format Drive for Mac.'

Step 6. Once the formatting is done, right-click the USB drive and choose "Restore with Disc Image" from the options. An overwrite warning dialogue box comes up again, and you click "Yes."

choose Restore with Disc Image

Step 7. A Restore Disk Image to Drive dialogue box appears after the last command. Under the Disk image to restore a section, click the small button to the right of the options box and browse the macOS DMG file

Step 8. To prepare your macOS bootable USB, click "Yes" to the following warning dialogue box. This should take about 30-45 minutes. When done, it is finally ready to begin installing macOS from it.

prepare your macOS bootable USB for installation

3. How to Boot Mac with the macOS Bootable USB

Most of the work is already done by creating Mac bootable USB from Windows. Follow these steps to continue.

Step 1. Insert the bootable USB into any open USB slot.

Step 2. Press the Power button to turn on your Mac.

Step 3. Once the startup chime begins, press and hold the Option key down. This gives you access to OS X's Startup Manager. Release the Option key immediately after the Startup Manager screen appears. At this point, the utility will open any available drive with bootable content.

Step 4. Select the USB drive you want to boot from and either double-click or press the return key. Your Mac begins to boot immediately.

Summary

In this article, you have learned how to create Mac bootable USB from Windows and how to recover lost data. Losing data is a nightmare no one wants to go through, which makes the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac the best fit for you. It helps you recover from as little as a Word document to numerous photos, pictures, and videos with few straightforward steps.

Create Mac Bootable USB from Windows FAQs

In this article, you have learned how to create Mac bootable USB from Windows and how to recover lost data. Here are a few questions that are found to be recurring and answered in detail

1. How do I make a bootable DMG file in Windows 11?

Here are the steps required to burn a DMG file on a Windows PC:

  1. 1. Begin by running PowerISO, and insert a blank or rewritable disc in the drive.
  2. 2. Select the "Tools" bar, then click "burn."
  3. 3. The "DMG Burner" dialogue pops up while the DMG file starts burning on the disk.
  4. 4. Take the disc with the burnt DMG file to where you want it.

2. Can you boot macOS from a USB drive?

Yes, you can boot Mac from a USB flash drive. Here is how you do it:

  1. 1. Insert the USB drive and power on the system.
  2. 2. Once the system chimes, press and hold down the Alt key.
  3. 3. When the startup manager appears, select the USB drive with the startup disk.
  4. 4. Your device begins to boot off the USB drive.

3. What format does a bootable USB need to be for Mac?

A bootable USB for Mac should be in APFS format. The APFS is the original default file format used on macOS. The APFS isn't compatible with the older versions. You might need a macOS X Extended if you are using an older macOS version.

4. Can I create Windows bootable USB on Mac?

Yes, you can create a Windows bootable USB on your Mac. Here is how you to

Download the Windows 10 ISO file to your Mac and insert your USB drive.

  1. 1. Use the "diskutil" command to identify which drive your USB is mounted on.
  2. 2. Format the USB to work with Windows.
  3. 3. Use "hdiutil" to mount the Windows 10 folder and proceed to prepare it for transfer.
  4. 4. Copy the Windows 10 ISO over to your USB drive.
  5. 5. Put your USB into your new PC and start loading Windows.

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