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27 November 2019

Make a bootable OS X installer disk.

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1ness
26 September 2018
Version: 8

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Just made a fresh install of macOS Mojave on 2 Macs from USB disk created with DiskMaker X v8. Have used the app before multiple times and never had a problem. Thank you for a very handy tool!
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MyronV9060
03 September 2020
Version: 9.0
Does exactly what I need. I had a MacBook Pro with a corrupted startup and needed to reinstall the El Capitan OS. I found the installer app and the correct version of DiskMaker X, created a startup USB from my High Sierra iMac, and successfully reinstalled El Capitan on the MacBook Pro for it to now startup and function again.
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amans-b
14 November 2019
Version: 8.0.3
lors de la mise en oeuvre de diskmaker version catalina j'ai un message d'erreur "logiciel de chargement corrompu " j'ai retelechargé le logiciel sans succes pour sa mise en oeuvre . Ou se trouve l'erreur?
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amans-b
14 November 2019
Version: 8.0.3
impossible de creer un disque bootable .J' ai essayé de faire ce disque et j'ai utilisé le disque crée apres changement de mon ssd sur macbook air sans resultat
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desmond-4
09 October 2019
Version: 8.0.3
Needs a Catalina Update Please
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outer
23 January 2019
Version: 8.0.3
Seems to have been broken by 10.14.3 :( Bounces in Dock & then silently dies.
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RogerKatz
22 November 2018
Version: 8.0.2
The Developer's website offers version 8.0.3, but I found that its 8.0.3 download has both the same Creation and Modification times as does the version 8.0.2 available here at MacUpdate. Nevertheless, the size of those apps are different (by about 5K bytes): I found that v8.0.2's Finder Info Size is 4,925,291 bytes (5 MB on disk), and v8.0.3's Finder Info size is 4,930,149 bytes (5 MB on disk).
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Macinman
21 November 2018
Version: 8.0.2
Hey all, I wanted to leave a note fro the Developer here, there seems to be an issue with 8.0.2, where even after a fresh download and install of the App still reports a new version, even with the posted version here being the latest. By the way I downloaded DiskMakerX directly from the developer's site and it still reports a new version, even with the latest download. there doesn't seem to be anything newer then what was released today.
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Macinman
19 November 2018
Version: 8.0.1
I had an unusual issue when using DiskMakerX version 8 to create a Mojave install disk. While the process completed correctly, the issues came up after booting from the USB drive. Apparently as of 10.14.1, the wireless Mouse / Keyboard assistant pops up. I have the Magic Mouse 2, and Apple Aluminum USB keyboard with the hub. On the USB stick, the system was never able to link with the magic mouse, even though it was on, and pressing the button / holding the button didn't seem to work. The keyboard worked fine. Oddly enough the Restore partition on the hard drive brought up the same assistant, but was able to link with the mouse just fine. Also the restore partition seems to remember the setup, so I haven't been asked again if I have to use it again. I used a clean 8GB SanDisk USB stick, and a fresh download of the Mojave install app. I haven't tried making a disk from version 8.0.1. System is a late 2015 iMac 27" Did Apple Change the OS install? I've never been asked about keyboard / mouse prior to the 10.14.1 installer, nor has the USB installer ever had issues with the magic mouse.
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Gazman
15 November 2018
Version: 8.0.1
This is such a convenient way of being able to install macOS on multiple machines. It allows me to do a fresh install of the OS and then restore Users and Applications from backups.
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Wts
26 September 2018
Version: 8
downloaded, launched and it will only make a bootable disk capable of only installation Mac OS Majave ( my macos is high sierra 10.13.6 ). I have other USB drives with MacOS systems from Snow Leopard to High Sierra . Therefore not sure how I actually use this application.
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1ness
26 September 2018
Version: 8
Just made a fresh install of macOS Mojave on 2 Macs from USB disk created with DiskMaker X v8. Have used the app before multiple times and never had a problem. Thank you for a very handy tool!
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Dominikhoffmann
19 September 2018
Version: 7.0.1
Is this current version ready for Mojave?
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ben-marko
03 July 2018
Version: 7.0
Since DiskMaker is broken for High Sierra, there is another app you can use to do the same thing. It is called macOS High Sierra Patcher. I used it to make a High Sierra thumb drive and also it works with Mojave beta 1, but will not boot off of the Mojave thumb drive. http://dosdude1.com/highsierra/
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TheRealHershey
06 December 2017
Version: 7.0
If you have TotalFinder installed, you'll get different errors, with both X6 and X 7. I'm pretty sure you can ignore the errors and it'll work just fine, since I've done that before, but quitting TotalFinder and Relaunching Finder.app will result in no errors for X 6... X 7 still gets an error or two on High Sierra.
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Mikael-B
29 November 2017
Version: 7.0
Unfortunately this is not working as well as before. I'm in El Capitan and tried versions 0.5 and 0.6 on a PNY Keychain USB stick that usually works great. DiskmakerX fails and fails again at simple stuff like ejecting or renaming the disk.

At the same time, the Terminal method described here https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201372 is mostly a question of copy and paste and changing to the current name of the disk at "--volume /Volumes/MyVolume". Answer one question and the work is done for you.

I'll try 0.7 as well.
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Thinking-Differently
13 October 2017
Version: 7.0
If you want to make a 10.12 Sierra installer, don't bother with version 7.0, it seems to be high Sierra only. Use 6.0rc 5, downloaded from the developer's web site. Otherwise a great product.
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ben-marko
27 September 2017
Version: 7.0
Seems to be very broken with the update to High Sierra. I got the application as far as prepping the thumb drive, typing in my admin password, then it errors out: "Sorry, your OS X install app or DMG may be incomplete. Delete your install application, then download it again from the App Store."

The developer seems to be very good about updates, and this app is very much worth it. I recommend it to everyone.
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5
JonStuck
26 September 2017
Version: 6.0 rc5
The easiest way to create a system installer stick. It takes a bit of time, but has worked every time I have used it.
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Gazman
26 September 2017
Version: 6.0 rc5
Version 7, which is compatible with High Sierra, is available to download from the developers webpage: http://diskmakerx.com. This is a great, free app that I use with each new version of macOS.
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Foulger
31 July 2017
Version: 6.0 rc5
Excellent idea - still flakey - does not work with 10.12.6
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Timmyb
01 July 2017
Version: 6.0 rc5
Version 6.0rc5 consistently fails with error -10006 for me on 10.12.5. Earlier versions did work for me under Sierra.
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AlVarnell
26 June 2017
Version: 6.0 rc5
The developer's announcement for the official release of version 6.0 rc5 can be found here: https://diskmakerx.com/diskmaker-6-release-candidate-5-available/ along with his plans for a High Sierra compatible version he's hoping will be ready on day one of HS release in the Fall.
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Timmyb
16 May 2017
Version: 6.0 rc2
This project seems to be in some disarray. The website is offering version 6rc3, while the developer's Twitter has a post from January 2017 with a link to version 6rc5. In addition the blog at the website has recently been wiped clear. Not sure what is going on.,,,
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gamezr01
09 April 2017
Version: 6.0 rc2
Diskmaker X worked great with previous versions, but the Sierra version kept throwing an "error -10006" message. I tried re-downloading, rebooting, and the tip mentioned in the website's FAQ, but it still wouldn't work. So I did the "hard" way by using the terminal and boom! USB stick sierra installer created! BTW, there's no such thing as RC3! When you do a "Get Info" on the app, it states it's RC2!
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FalstaffA
20 February 2017
Version: 6.0 rc2
DiskMaker X V6.0 rc3 has been released and it IS macOS Sierra compatible. Follow link to developer's website or wait for MacUpdate to post such update.
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Shane-Smith
21 January 2017
Version: 6.0 rc2
This is usually my go to for making a bootable OS, but for some reason I can't get this to work with Sierra. Fails every time I try it.
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aliasx7
02 December 2016
Version: 6.0 rc2
Hello, I have installed Disk Maker X to create the bootable USB and install El Capitan. After OS installation, I have tried to format it in various formats (ExFAT, NTFS, Mac OS Journaled) but it does not work. The USB is readable only by MAC and WINDOWS, but it’s not readable by external devices: the car's audio player, music player CDJ Pioneer400,etc… and i must use in external devices. How have I to format it for to fix it? Thank you very much guys. Sincerely, Alberto
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Thinking-Differently
18 November 2016
Version: 6.0 rc2
This seems to work very well on El Capitan, but with Sierra 10.12.1, the result is not seen as bootable by Startup Disk. Are others seeing the same problem. Or is it just us?
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RogerKatz
14 October 2016
Version: 6.0 rc2
The Developer's website says DiskMaker X 6.0 rc3 is available, but its download URL gets rc2
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Macinman
26 May 2016
Version: 5.0.3
I find this an easier solution then apple's command line tool. Even though I know how to use either program, GUI options are just sometimes easier. The only change I've noticed, is when selecting a version of OS X to make an installer from, I now have to manually select the installer on my external drive I store the backups on. This program used to detect it automatically. This is not a deal breaker though, I just though I would mention it. All the usb drives I've made into installers have worked without problem, This also works for SD cards, as I have tested both full-sized SD cards, and microSD in an adapter. For me Cards have worked in both, the built-in SD card reader, and an external USB card reader. Great little program, have a great day!
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jh02472
27 March 2016
Version: 5.0.3
Beautiful interface, but it's not working bec the script keeps "timing out." I'm on Yosemite trying to make a USB for El Capitan.
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Derekcurrie
01 February 2016
Version: 5.0.2
The current download link here at MU is throwing a 404 error. Plus, the current version of DiskMaker X is v5.0.3. Below is a working URL for v5.0.3. I assume it will work for future versions as well: http://diskmakerx.com/downloads/DiskMaker_X.dmg
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Rsoldin
28 January 2016
Version: 5.0.2
Actually this is a question. I can’t find a contact email on their website so I will see if they catch it here. I need to make a bootable thumb for maintenance use, not to installing the system, although it may come in handy sometime to have the ability. If I create a thumb with DiskMaker can I add other applications to the thumb and have them accessible to run while booted from the thumb? I tried this with another application and it didn’t work. If its not possible to add other applications to the thumb, if a partition is added to the DM thumb will I have access to that partition to run apps? Running El Capitan (v. 10.11.3)
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uce-hole
21 November 2015
Version: 5.0.1
Handy for when you need it. Saves a lot of work. Thanks dev!
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3.5
Foulger
05 November 2015
Version: 5.0.1
Much more stable than previous iterations but it has one glaring bad feature. If one has a partitioned USB Thumb drive, One at 8Gb and the rest something else, Diskmaker formats the whole thumb drive not the partition to which OS X is to be installed. Thats a big PITA
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Chrischram
24 October 2015
Version: 5.0.1
Under El Capitan 10.11.1 I'm constantly getting the error message 'The disk could not be created because of an error: An error occured: -10006. Finder got an error: Can’t set disk "Install OS X El Capitan" to "DMX_Workdisk".' Time to fall back on createinstallmedia.
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papin-alexandre
09 October 2015
Version: 5.0.1
A simple and efficient tool helping you to make a OS X bootable disk easily. A must have if you don't want to use the terminal.
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papin-alexandre
09 October 2015
Version: 5.0.1
A simple and efficient tool helping you to make a OS X bootable disk easily. A must have if you don't want to use the terminal.
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Spudboy
06 October 2015
Version: 5.0.1
Created drive is not selectable as a boot drive. Oh well.
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David-Stone
04 October 2015
Version: 5.0.1
Been using for a few years now. It's not really needed now. Since 10.10 came out, I switched to Apple built-in createinstallmedia command. See - https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201372 I can make installers in around 2 minutes using the new SanDisk Extreme CZ80 flash drives.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
04 October 2015
Version: 5.0.1
DiskMaker X (version 5.0.1) is functioning again. DiskMaker_X4b4 never worked for me. It's been more than a year and a half since that version came out so I figured the developer had quit the project. But you may still want to keep version 304 around, if you have it, because in version 5 the only options are for Mavericks, Yosemite and El Capitan. This may be because I am running in Mavericks; perhaps if you try it in Lion or Mountain Lion it will list those installers instead. Fortunately, for me, I already have copies of those. FYI: I have put the installers on partitions on an external USB 3 hard drive. They boot much faster and more reliably than a thumb drive. It should be noted that you can run all these installers from the installer apps downloaded from the App Store, if you saved copies of them. This works if you have a boot drive other than the one on which you wish to install the upgrades. If you have only the disk you want to upgrade, then creating a bootable installer with DiskMaker X on a thumb drive or external drive or partition is the way to go. You can do the same thing with Terminal, if you like that sort of thing. But DiskMaker X, now that it's working again, is way easier and I've been using it since Lion—though I used the Terminal to create a Yosemite installer because DiskMaker_X4b4 didn't work. Because the developer has finally returned to this project, I donated a bit to acknowledge his efforts. If you use it, it's well worth some $$. Try using the Terminal routine and I think you'll agree.
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4.5
Thomas1977
04 October 2015
Version: 5.0.1
Very useful app for creating boot usb/disks. Not yet tried with OSX10.11 though. Anyone has successfully made an USB boot with El Capitan? And a big thumbs up for the developer sharing it for free !
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Cerniuk (Captcha H8r)
03 October 2015
Version: 5.0.1
Usually a flawless execution. First time in forever that this did not work. AppleScript timed out, sat there with error. Defaulted to SuperDuper! to rip the disk image to the thumb drive. El Capitan disk image will be here, navigate in the Finder to this: path:///Applications/Install%20OS%20X%20El%20Capitan.app/Contents/SharedSupport
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mrsidoric
02 October 2015
Version: 5.0
Best way to create a 'Install OS X El Capitan' USB thumb drive or disk. Simple, powerful, easy-to-use, with timely update by developer. PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT AND DONATE. Support great talent and great code with your kind donations.
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5
Hailstormx
02 October 2015
Version: 5.0
Great Little App. Thanks for updating it for El Capitan.
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Knowhowe
02 October 2015
Version: 5.0
Very easy to use- and free! The resulting thumb drive sits on my key ring, ready for when it's needed. Many thanks to the dev for this :)
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5
pnoguchi
01 October 2015
Version: 5.0
I have used Diskmaker and its predecessors for quite awhile now, including making installers of Mavericks, Yosemite and El capitan betas, as well as of course, full releases. This latest version 5.0 has finally added the capability of listing final file copies when making a USB installer, which is especially welcome after wondering whether the process is ongoing or not. The "finished" sound of a lion roaring is a welcome sound. A full five stars, and I echo other reviewers comments to send in a donation as I did. Absolutely the best way to make a El Capitan USB installer!
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Franko
01 October 2015
Version: 5.0
Truly defines "easy peasy". If you can, do send in a donation. One small quibble are status/message windows not appearing unless i click again on the app icon in the dock.
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5
nw-nato
01 October 2015
Version: 5.0
Regularly updated, quite dependable (even when using not-yet-released OS X installers), I can't recommend this utility enough for anyone that needs to make a bootable OS X USB key.
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5
bielperes
01 October 2015
Version: 5.0
Excelent!!!
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