DiskMaker X
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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.
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
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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DiskMaker X User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Goldyn Chyld reviewed on 06 Apr 2014
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...
[Version 3.0.4]

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Goldyn Chyld replied on 06 Apr 2014
P.S.: I'm using a late 2011 15" MBP.
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Misha replied on 07 Apr 2014
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.
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Goldyn Chyld replied on 07 Apr 2014
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.
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Misha replied on 08 Apr 2014
I changed it to 5 for you :)
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GeoProf commented on 20 Mar 2014
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?
[Version 3.0.4]


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makinger reviewed on 15 Mar 2014
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 :-(
[Version 3.0.4]


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Cattus-Thraex reviewed on 04 Feb 2014
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.
[Version 3.0.4]


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makinger reviewed on 19 Jan 2014
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...
[Version 3.0.3]

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Gete.Net Consulting (developer) replied on 04 Feb 2014
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.
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+72
Cattus-Thraex replied on 04 Feb 2014
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.
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Gete.Net Consulting (developer) replied on 04 Feb 2014
@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 :-)
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Cattus-Thraex replied on 04 Feb 2014
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.
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Lucid reviewed on 13 Jan 2014
DiskMaker X is excellent. Works as advertised. This latest version is great.
[Version 3.0.3]


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Paul Cook reviewed on 19 Dec 2013
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.
[Version 3.0.3]


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SukumarNatarajan3075 reviewed on 21 Nov 2013
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!
[Version 3.0.3]

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Gete.Net Consulting (developer) replied on 29 Nov 2013
Do you use Total Finder or Path Finder ?
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SukumarNatarajan3075 replied on 02 Dec 2013
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!
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Somnus commented on 16 Nov 2013
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.
[Version 3.0.3]

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Gete.Net Consulting (developer) replied on 17 Nov 2013
I would need more input. Can you get in touch by mail please ?
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Somnus replied on 17 Nov 2013
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.
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rcd commented on 16 Nov 2013
Version 3.0.3 still does not work on 10.6.8.
I'm getting a dialog box stating this and
telling me to do this on a 10.9.
[Version 3.0.3]

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MacUpdate-Nick replied on 17 Nov 2013
rcd,
Check out this link from the developer's website: http://liondiskmaker.com/?p=222
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Gete.Net Consulting (developer) replied on 17 Nov 2013
Yeap, known issue, not my fault sadly. But still working on it.
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Qb had trouble on 18 Dec 2013
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?
[Version 3.0.3]

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Qb replied on 18 Dec 2013
Sorry I should have spelled out FireWire the first time. I'm using an external Firewire 800 1TB drive with multi-partitions.
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Beatles4Life had trouble on 25 Oct 2013
I tried to use DiskMaker to create an installer disk for my USB stick, and it didn't work. First, I got an error saying that it wouldn't let me copy the file because of error 0. I searched this error and reformatted the USB stick to the Mac Journalled format, but to no avail. I then reformatted it back to FAT-32 and then back to Mac Journalled again. This time, I got a different error saying that "The disk could not be created because of an error: An error occurred: -10006. Finder got an error: Can't set disk 'Install OS X Mavericks' to 'OS X 10.9 Mavericks Install Disk.'" Am I missing something? I'm currently running Snow Leopard.
[Version 3.0]

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marrie replied on 25 Oct 2013
did you make sure your sick was osx 10 journaled with the guid partition?
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Beatles4Life replied on 26 Oct 2013
Thanks for the reply, marrie.

I definitely formatted the USB stick in OSX Journalled mode, but I'm not sure I set it to have a GUID partition.

After spending far too long trying to figure out what I did wrong, I ended up using the Mac World blog instructions and made an installer disk on my USB stick using Disk Utility and Terminal.

Perhaps I'll try it again with another USB stick when the improved version of Disk Maker is released. :)
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Eric Caldwell had trouble on 18 Oct 2013
Just tried to use LDM to create a Mavericks (GM) disk on a flash drive and it doesn't work. :(

You get the following error after it mounts the flash drive for formatting and copying.

The disk could not be created because of an error: An error occured: -2753. The variable OSX_App is not defined.
[Version 3.0b3]


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Paul Cook had trouble on 05 Nov 2012
I find the Lion DiskMaker v 2.0.1 works very well for creating USB Installer drives.

But one minor annoyance, is that when you first make a USB installer drive, the layout of the files, that background, etc. are all very pretty. However, if you eject this drive and reinsert it, all of that is lost.

Does anyone know how to preserve the cosmetic efforts of LionDisk Maker?
[Version 2.0.1]


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Tim27 had trouble on 22 Sep 2012
The server is so slow. I tried to download it using 3 different browsers. It gets to about 200k if I'm lucky and then stops. Is there another site to download it from?
[Version 2.0.1]

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Gete.Net Consulting (developer) replied on 07 Jan 2013
No problem with downloads as far as I know… Weird.
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Darmok had trouble on 20 Aug 2012
New MacBook Pro, OS X 10.7.4

Lion DiskMaker is doin nuthin. I fed it the InstallESD.dmg file from the recovery download. Then I told it to burn a DVD. Now it's sitting there doing nothing. The dialog changed from the text to a '1' and now a '0'. Just sitting there doing nothing.

The first time thru, after 45 mins, I force quit then ejected the DVD. Nothing had been written on it...
[Version 2.0.1]

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Darmok replied on 21 Aug 2012
Doesn't work writing to a USB flash drive or an SD card either.
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Mac Os X 4ever had trouble on 06 Aug 2012
It still doesn't work at all. It just locks up.
It needs to get rid of relying on Spotlight. It would be ok to ask if you would like to use Spotlight, or find the file manually.
If people have Spotlight disabled, it just freezes up.
I had to edit the main.script and remove several lines to even get it to come up.
[Version 2.0.1]

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Gete.Net Consulting (developer) replied on 07 Jan 2013
Yup, that's right, it can be a problem, so I disabled partially Spotlight searching in the next major version.

Eat_A_Peach rated on 19 Apr 2014

[Version 3.0.4]



raven2004 rated on 06 Mar 2014

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Roes rated on 04 Feb 2014

[Version 3.0.4]



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xBlack rated on 03 Feb 2014

[Version 3.0.3]



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a_m_k rated on 24 Nov 2013

[Version 3.0.3]



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PRjohnson rated on 06 Nov 2013

[Version 3.0.1]



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_alexis rated on 27 Oct 2013

[Version 3.0.1]



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Antoinesynopsis rated on 05 May 2013

[Version 2.0.2]



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Kit Walker rated on 08 Jan 2013

[Version 2.0.2]



Flghtman rated on 06 Jan 2013

[Version 2.0.1]


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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.


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