20
Thank you for your review
Free
http://www.macupdate.com/download/39701/diskmakerx.dmg
Email me when discounted: 
DiskMaker X (formerly Lion DiskMaker) is an application built with AppleScript that you can use with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later to build a bootable USB key from an OS X 10.7, 10.8 or 10.9 installation package.

Note: DiskMaker X will work on OS X 10.6, but cannot yet be used to create an installation disk for OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

Also available:

What's New

Version 3.0.4:
  • A few bug fixes, especially a bug (error -10006) which happens at the end of the process (it seemed to touch especially non-English or non-French users).
  • More localizations: Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, and Brazilian Portuguese.

Requirements

OS X 10.6 or later

Similar Software

Open Comparison
Suggest Other Similar Software
Leave a Review

DiskMaker X User Discussion

Nobody has reviewed or commented on this app yet. Add your own comment and get a discussion going!
Sort by: Time | Smiles
Goldyn Chyld Member IconReview+75
Goldyn Chyld
+0

Unfortunately, I have to give it a one star review because it didn't work for me this time around.

In Mountain Lion I created a bootable USB of 10.9.2 with Diskmaker X without a hitch, and then went on to erase my entire SSD in preparation for a clean install of Mavericks. So far so good. However, when I proceeded with the install from the USB, the installer seemed to take unusually long at the 'Preparing to install' phase (like 15 mins) and then eventually got stuck at '1 sec remaining'.

I waited and waited, but it didn't seem like it was going to budge from there. I tried it several times, but it didn't work. I don't know what the problem was, so eventually I had to do the Internet Recovery thing, which wasn't exactly what I hoped for...

Reply5 replies
Version 3.0.4
Goldyn Chyld
+0

P.S.: I'm using a late 2011 15" MBP.

Misha
+0

I've noticed the 10.9 Installer is notoriously bad at estimating time remaining. I've had it stuck on "about 1 minute remaining" for half an hour previously, but it always eventually finishes the job (if it is actually failing, it should throw up a big red X with a message about it failing).

Since you're installing via USB2, depending on the speed of your flash drive it could take about 2 hours for the install to properly complete. If you waited much longer than that, then something was definitely odd but I'm not sure the fault lies with DMX.

Goldyn Chyld
+0

Hi, you are right. I tried making a bootable USB without Diskmaker X and still had to wait for a long time (took me almost an hour to install it), so apparently it wasn't Diskmaker's fault.

Is there a way to change my review rating? I'd change it to 5 stars.

Misha
+0

I changed it to 5 for you :)

Gete.Net Consulting (Developer)
+0

Indeed, the "1 sec remaining" issue is VERY common as I checked this morning on discussions.apple.com and it has nothing to do with DiskMaker X :-/

PS : Thanks Misha for correcting the rating ;-)

GeoProf Member IconComment+889
GeoProf
+0

A quick but important question: Can the permissions for an installation of OS 10.7.5 on a portable USB or FireWire drive be accurately fixed by Apple’s Disk Utility from an OS 10.6.8 startup disk? In other words, are permissions OS-specific, or can one OS’s Disk Utility accurately fix the perms of a different OS?

Reply0 replies
Version 3.0.4
makinger Member IconReview+4
makinger
+0

Thanks for this new update 3.04...everything is alright in my situation! Really well done job. My respect.
Sincerly Jo
Rating: I have no experiences about stability :-(

Reply0 replies
Version 3.0.4
Cattus-Thraex Member IconReview+154
Cattus-Thraex
+0

DiskMaker did have a problem in Mavericks in its initial beta versions, but now it is entirely reliable, I have used it several times. It allows to create a Mavs boot flash from the original Apple installer, a most comfortable way to reinstall 10.9 if need be. I have also created a Lion and ML boot disk, also running in 10.9. For older versions of the system, do use LionDiskMaker, not this version, which has been written for Mavericks.

Reply0 replies
Version 3.0.4
makinger Member IconReview+4
makinger
+0

The really great developer spokes about the incompatibility under OSX 10.6.8 to create a Maverick boot-Stick, ok. But i just try creating a M-Lion Bootstick - Diskmaker X v3.03 denied it too(with Snow Leopard)!
I'm a little bit confused...what do you think?
Sorry about my rating...i'm sure this is a great work but...

Reply4 replies
Version 3.0.3
Gete.Net Consulting (Developer)
+3

It's OK, just avoid duplicating your comment so that it lowers the score even more ;-)

I'll have a look at this, maybe I messed up this one. If I made it wrong, I'll fix it soon.

Cattus-Thraex
+0

If you have a problem or if you are confused you should not be ‘generous’ by offering 2 1/2 stars, you either ask or, if you think the app is garbage, no star. I do not know whether I did understand correctly, but it seems one should use the older version for creating boot disks for Lion and ML running from SL through ML, and the last version for creating flash disks from L through Mavs and running in Mavs only, anyway not in SL. It is exactly what you did, In order to do what you planned, you should have run the previous version, LionDiskMaker, running in SL. It is as simple as that. If you force using apps against the recommendations of their creators, and then apply little stars, you confuse both yourself and other users. The role of these stars is NOT personal revenge or personal preferences, but clear indications for other to use/not use an app.

Gete.Net Consulting (Developer)
+0

@Cattus-Thraex : thanks for your comment, though makinger was in his right to think that the app did not performed as advertised. The ONLY case where the app should say that it does not work is when you try to build a Mavericks disk when running 10.6. If you build a Lion or ML disk, it should work. And as a matter of fact, it does work with DiskMaker X 3.0.4.

However, in case you think it does not work properly, the best way to notify the developer is to send him an e-mail, with the exact description of the bug.

I'm not fighting for stars anyway :-)

Cattus-Thraex
+0

You should fight for your status because it is correct to fight for what is right. In my tests: 1. LionDiskMaker works fine from SL through ML; 2. DiskMaker X works fine in Mavericks, and it was indeed with Mavs in mind, right? It does create bootable flash drives of both Mavs and earlier OS x, e.g. ML.
I have not tested all possible variants, but I think it is a terrible dissipation of energy if the creator tries to cover all instances. I would say: do use Disk Maker X in Mavs for creating any bootable flash disk from L through ML to Mavs; do use earlier versions, i.e. Lion Disk Maker, for all the other instances, to create bootable flash disks from L to ML and running from SL to L and ML, but not in Mavs. This would allow, I think, an optimal work.

Lucid Member IconReview+6
Lucid
+1

DiskMaker X is excellent. Works as advertised. This latest version is great.

Reply0 replies
Version 3.0.3
Paul Cook Member IconReview+24
Paul Cook
+0

I did some quick and dirty testing with DiskMakerX v3.0.3 and the Mavericks 10.9.1, build 13B42 full installer obtained via App Store download.

Suppose you want to make a number of installers on a single, larger, SD Card or USB thumb drive. Perhaps, you want a single device with Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks installers on it.

I found that DiskMakerX would fit on a 5.5 GB partition of a larger drive. Disk Utility reported that my test partition had a Capacity of 5.5GB, Available space of 97.4 MB, used space of 5.4 GB.

I'm not suggesting that a bit more spare space might not be a good idea, but it did seem to perform a successful install.

Obviously, microSD Cards, SD Cards, USB Thumb drives and the like normally come in sizes that are integer powers of two. So this should fit nicely on an 8 GB device, but not on a 4GB device.

What if you want DiskMakerX to make an installer single disk image .dmg file, to save for some other later use? Then depending on your options, you may need to allow a bit more room. Using Disk Utility with a GUID partition table, we were able to get it to work by telling Disk Utility to create a 5.7GB image Read/Write image. That resulted in a partition, which Disk Utility said had a Capacity of 5.49GB and after install had available space of 90.3 MB, used space of 5.4 GB with 4,416 files. However, when I did a get info on the .dmg file, finder said it was 5.84 GB.

Reply0 replies
Version 3.0.3
Qb Member IconComment+84
Qb
+0

I've tried several times to use DM 3.0.3 to make a bootable FW partition of Mavericks 10.9.1 and it fails. It will produce a FW partition for 10.9.0.

I've notified the developer.

Has anyone else had success with 10.9.1?

Reply1 reply
Version 3.0.3
Qb
+0

Sorry I should have spelled out FireWire the first time. I'm using an external Firewire 800 1TB drive with multi-partitions.

SukumarNatarajan3075 Member IconReview+0
SukumarNatarajan3075
+0

I've used older versions of this without problem but both 3.02 and 3.03 have not played well producing s "The disk could not be created because of an error: An error occurred: -1728. Finder got an error: Can't get disk "OS X 10.9 Mavericks Install Disk".

Hopefully a fix will ensue!

Overall, still a very good app!

Reply2 replies
Version 3.0.3
Gete.Net Consulting (Developer)
+0

Do you use Total Finder or Path Finder ?

SukumarNatarajan3075
+0

Hi - I use ForkLift mainly, but do have PathFinder installed. Anyway, it turns out that despite an error message coming up, the disk actually works fine. Managed to install Mavericks successfully!

Somnus Member IconComment+10
Somnus
+0

Version 3.0.3, still got a "Can’t get disk "OS X Mountain Lion Install Disk". Because of the about menu doesn’t work, I couldn’t be sure I have the right version and I re-downloaded twice from the site. Still not working.

Reply2 replies
Version 3.0.3
Gete.Net Consulting (Developer)
+0

I would need more input. Can you get in touch by mail please ?

Somnus
+0

The system language was set to Simplified Chinese. I changed it back to English and this time I got a Apple Action time out something. I'm afraid that's all information I can give. Maybe I can take an hour to try it again and get you some screen captures.

user icon+0
Eat_A_Peach
Version 3.0.4
user icon+13
Roes
Version 3.0.4
user icon+6
a_m_k
Version 3.0.3
user icon+35
PRjohnson
Version 3.0.1
user icon+2
_alexis
Version 3.0.1
user icon+55
Antoinesynopsis
Version 2.0.2
user icon+0
Flghtman
Version 2.0.1
user icon+0
Don-Pedro
Version 2.0.1
user icon+49
using-Mac
Version 2.0.1
user icon+5
Carmelopap
Version 2.0
> 4 55

Ratings

Overall
(55)
Current Version (3.x)
(20)

Details

Downloads 193,101
Version Downloads 40,126
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 04 Feb 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
Learn how MacUpdate Desktop makes installing apps from MacUpdate.com one-click easy.
Next time, install DiskMaker X with 1-click

Learn how MacUpdate Desktop can install apps on MacUpdate with the simple click of the Install apps with MacUpdate Desktop icon. Plus, keep all your apps updated. Play video...