How to Create a Bootable macOS Mojave USB Install Drive

Planning to clean install macOS Mojave? It would be apt to create a bootable macOS Mojave USB install drive. Let me walk you through the steps!

Having been impressed with Mojave, I can’t wait to install it on my daily driver. To clean install the operating system, I’m going to create a bootable macOS Mojave USB install drive.

Are you also toying with the idea of putting your hands on the newest macOS? It would be better to go this way. However, there are specific requirements you need to keep in mind.

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How to Create a Bootable macOS Mojave USB Install Drive

First things first, ensure that your Mac is compatible with macOS Mojave: Following devices can run the latest macOS.

  • MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013, plus mid-2010 and mid-2012 models with recommended Metal-capable GPU)

Besides, ensure that you have a USB 3.0 flash drive with at least 8GB of storage. If you are using MacBook, a USB-C flash drive is a better option. Don’t have a USB drive? Kingston Digital and UGREEN are some of the finest options.

Step #1. To get started, you need to download macOS Mojave.

Currently, the macOS is in developer beta. Its public beta is set to be launched soon, while the official version will be out this fall.

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Once public beta is available, you can get it from Apple’s public beta website. To install the official version, you have to follow the same traditional process from the Mac App Store ⟶ Updates to get the new macOS.

Once, you have successfully downloaded the beta, close the installer using Command (⌘)+Q.

Step #2. Launch Finder and click on Applications. Then, you need to right-click on Install macOS 10.14 Beta and choose Show Package Contents.

Then, you have to open Contents and select Resources.

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Step #3. Now, open a Terminal window. To do so head to Applications ⟶ Utilities ⟶ Terminal. In the Terminal window, enter sudo followed by a space.

Then, you have to drag createinstallmedia to the Terminal window from the Finder location.

Step #4. Next, type –volume followed by a space.

Step #5. Launch Finder ⟶ Go menu ⟶ Click on Go To Folder.

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In the Go to the folder box, you have to type /Volumes and click Go.

Step #6. Next up, connect the USB drive to your computer. You can find it in the Finder window.

Then, drag the USB flash drive volume into the Terminal window, and then you need to press and hold Return on the Keyboard.

Step #7. Up next, enter ‘y’ to continue when asked. Then, press return on the keyboard.

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Step #8. Finally, the installation will start by wiping out the contents of your USB drive and copying the installer files to the drive.

It’s time to grab a cup of coffee and wait for the process to be completed. It may take around up to 30 minutes.

That’s pretty much it!

Wrapping up

Once you have successfully installed the macOS, go ahead and explore it to heart’s liking and do share your thought about it.

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Rajesh Mishra
Tracking down the trending stories that are making headlines on the Internet and exploring Apple devices are what appeal Mr. Mishra the most. Aside from catching up with the fun-loving videos and FPS, he likes playing badminton and composing poems!


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