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|3 Steps to Clean Install macOS||
Step 1. Download macOS...Full steps
Step 2. Create the bootable installer after...Full steps
Step 3. Install macOS from the bootable...Full steps
To upgrade and install the latest macOS update on your Mac machine, you can easily get it within the system's Software Update option. That's no problem. But sometimes, we may require a clean install of a macOS version for hardware/software troubleshooting, or to be able to install the same macOS system on multiple devices at the same time. In this regard, you need to install macOS from an external drive or USB.
Some Basics of macOS install from a bootable USB Drive
Installing a Mac operating system in this way can be challenging, as the whole process is involved with the application of Terminal command lines and creating a bootable installer. Nonetheless, we're trying to make the entire procedure simple to follow, and ensuring you not make mistakes. Now let's begin with some of the most frequently asked questions that many users are trying to get an answer.
Q1: Why do you install macOS from USB?
The benefits of installing macOS from USB compared with the automatic software update option include:
- It's for clean install so you can get rid of junk apps and files that are piled up on your Mac.
- It's useful to troubleshoot the Mac startup issues, fix corruption, or recover files.
- It can save time and effort when you need to install macOS on multiple systems and machines.
Q2: How do I create a bootable installer for macOS?
All the available installer can be found on the Mac App Store, including macOS Monterey, macOS Big Sur, macOS Catalina, macOS Mojave, or macOS High Sierra and OS X El Capitan. You need to create the installer using correct Terminal commands for different macOS versions.
Q3: Can I install macOS from USB without the internet?
A bootable installer doesn't download macOS from the internet, but it does require an internet connection to get firmware and other information specific to the Mac model.
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Click the download link for the desired macOS version you want to install.
Each macOS download is going to send to the Applications folder as an app named Install macOS [version name]. If the installer opens after downloading, quit it without continuing installation. To get the correct installer, download from a Mac that is using macOS Sierra 10.12.5 or later, or El Capitan 10.11.6. Enterprise administrators, please download from Apple, not a locally hosted software-update server.
Pay attention: OS X El Capitan is quite different from the other five. This download is presented in a disk image format named InstallMacOSX.dmg.
First of all, a vacant 16GB USB drive is essential. If you want to use an old USB drive for installation, make sure that you've copied the data and saved it as a backup. The installer creation process will format and erase all data on the external USB to take effect. Also, the USB drive needs formatting as Mac OS Extended (HFS+).
- In the Finder, find the Applications/Utilities folder, then double-click Terminal.
- Each macOS installer needs an exclusive command line in the table. We suggest you copy one of the following commands and paste it in Terminal. (You may require to replace MyVolume in all the command lines with the real name of your own USB flash drive.)
sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Monterey.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyVolume
sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Big\ Sur.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyVolume
sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Catalina.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyVolume
sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyVolume
sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyVolume
sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyVolume --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app
After typing the command in Terminal, press Return to enter the command. Afterward, it's time to respond all the confirmation warnings by tying Y, including confirming erasing the USB volume, approving the Terminal to access files on the volume and allowing the copy to proceed.
[Bonus] Create a macOS Bootable USB on Windows 11/10 PC
The steps are quite simple if you were on a Mac. However, the situation is totally different if you don’t have a Mac at hand. Fortunately, there are a couple of amazing Windows software out there that can help you create a macOS bootable USB on a PC. The most popular one is SysGeeker UltraDMG.
Step 1. Download a copy of macOS DMG file, a bootable disk image containing the macOS operating system. You can go and search from the Internet.
Step 2. Download SysGeeker UltraDMG by clicking the link.
Step 3. After all the operations are complete, the USB drive will have the same name as the installer you downloaded such as Install macOS Monterey. Quit Terminal and disconnect the USB drive. You should then move on to the final installation procedure now.
Step 4. Import the macOS DMG file and click the "Burn" button to make a bootable macOS installer! Wait about 10 minutes, and a bootable macOS USB will be ready for installation!
To boot Mac from the bootable USB drive, the operation varies from the Intel-based Macs and Apple Silicon-based Macs.
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The three steps to download macOS, create a bootable installer to an external USB and then clean install macOS from USB should be clear and simple to follow. The process requires you to use the Terminal command lines to erase the USB drive, format it with a proper file system, and save the installer to it. Though the chance is little, use EaseUS hard drive recovery software to recover files while reinstalling macOS.
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- Support data recovery for sudden deletion, formatting, hard drive corruption, virus attack, system crash under different situations
Step 1. Search for lost files
Select the disk location to search for lost files (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or a removable storage device) on macOS Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey, Ventura, and the latest Sonoma. Click the "Search for lost files" button.
Note: Before data recovery, you'd better click "Disk Backup" from the left sidebar to create a backup of your Mac to avoid further data loss. After backing up, the software can recover data from the Mac backup, and your computer can wirte new data again.
Step 2. Go through the scanning results
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results.
Step 3. Select the file(s) and recover
In the scan results, select the file(s) to preview and click the "Recover" button to have them back.
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