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How to create Mavericks USB drive

We sell Apple compatible SSD drives that are used in Macbooks, Macbook Pro’s, iMac’s, Mac Pro’s and Mac Mini’s. There are many ways to use a SSD drive in a Mac, one of the obvious methods is to replace your current hard drive with a SSD and a fresh install of OSX.

With no optical drives (DVD) the current range of Mac’s, how is this possible?

In the past a Mac user would reach for their OSX discs that shipped with their Mac. The current range does not ship with OSX discs.

At our upgrade centre, we provide cloning and SSD installation services (interested?) , and our technical team have solutions for every problem that occurs when performing RAM and SSD upgrades. To replace you current hard drive with a SSD with a fresh version of OSX , you will need OSX Mavericks on a USB drive. Macworld have a excellent article, if you want to learn more about all the different ways it can be done.

Here is the Upgradeable way…

If you currently don’t run Mavericks, and you are using Snow Leopard or Mountain Lion then download Mavericks from the Apple website. It will be saved as an installer file. You will need an empty USB drive, minimum 8GB. Plug USB drive into your Mac. Open Disc Utility (/Applications/Utilities) and drag the Maverick’s installer file onto it. Click Restore tab. Select it from the list as the source. Drag USB drive from the list into Destination:  After clicking restore it will create a bootable version of Mavericks on the USB drive. It will take about 20 minutes.

If you already have Mavericks installed as your OSX then you need to use a free utility called Diskmaker X . You will need an empty 8GB USB drive.
Plug in your USB drive. When you launch Diskmaker it will use Spotlight to find the OS X Install program. Then, it asks to build a bootable install disk. Choose the USB drive.

Two easy ways to make a bootable version of Mavericks on a USB drive.

When you install your new SSD drive in your Mac and you want a fresh OSX installation. Plug the USB drive in to the Mac, turn on and install Mavericks.

With that new SSD, your old Mac will perform like new…without the cost of the new Mac!

About the author: James Hopkin is a part time Upgradeable CEO, and a full time skateboarder. His natural habitat is going fast down your local hills.

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