Make OS X Lion Bootable USB Flash Drive – How to Guide

Apple has set free OS X Lion and is available on th Mac App Store. The only way to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion is by downloading it from the Mac App Store. Thus to install Mac OS X lion on your Macs you have to download it on each Mac. This issue can be solved by
* Making a Bootable DVD Disc
* Making a Bootable USB Flash Drive
Make a Mac OS X Bootable USB Flash Drive

In  this tutorial, we will see how to make a Bootable Mac OS X Lion Flash Drive. The steps are as follows:

How to Make Mac OS X Lion Bootable Flash Drive:

Step 1: Download Mac OS X Lion from the Mac App Store.

Step 2: After download is complete, right-click on the file and select “Show Package Contents”.

Step 3: Now, go to “Contents” and Navigate “Shared Support” Folder. Find for the file named “InstallESD.dmg”. Copy this to the desktop.

Step 4: Plug-in a USB Flash Drive to your Mac. The storage capacity of the Flash Drive should be atleast 4GB. But 8GB Flash Drive is suggestable.

Step 5: Now open the “Disk Utility” and drag “InstallESD.dmg” from the desktop to the left hand sidebar. Now,select the attached USB from left side and click on “Partition” tab.

Step 6: Select “1 Partition” from the Volume Scheme dropdown menu. Choose “Mac OS Extended ” from the left.

Step 7: Now, click on “Option” and select “GUID Partition Table” and press OK. Now click on apply to start  formatting. Once the drive has been formatted, click on “Restore”.

Step 8: Now, choose USB Drive as the destination and InstallESD.dmg as the source. Click on Restore. This will create the Bootable Lion USB Flash Drive.

Step 9: Reboot your mac with the USB Drive plugged in. Hold the “Option” key on your keyboard when you hear the iconic OS X startup chime. You can now boot into your Flash drive from there. Now, follow the on-screen instructions to install Lion on your Macs.

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