Hello! in this post I’m gonna show you how to make Hackintosh Bootable USB Drive on Windows without Distro. Without distro means we gonna make a Hackintosh Bootable Usb Drive for Vanilla Installation method.
This method works on Mac OS X Yosemite, El Capitan and Mac OS Sierra. As I’ve tried all that OS myself on my low budget Hackintosh PC.
Please take a note that this method won’t works for High Sierra since Apple use different file structure in macOS High Sierra app installer. But you absolutely can update to High Sierra with this method with no problem.
You can read post on how to safely direct upgrade your Hackintosh to High Sierra here Hackintosh Direct Upgrade From macOS Sierra to High Sierra
Can you direct upgrade to macOS Mojave? or create usb bootable using terminal with this method?
Ya! if your graphics card is compatible for Metal display technology. For more info check this post: Want to Install macOS Mojave on Hackintosh Think Again!
Okay! My Hackintosh PC spec is :
- Processor : Intel Core2 Duo e8500 3.17 Ghz
- Mobo : MSi G31 TM-P21 LGA 775
- Memory : 4 GB DDR 2
- HDD SATA : SAMSUNG HD160JJ 160 GB
- VGA : NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT 512 MB
You can check all that parts at Amazon in one page here: Amazon
And below are a short video of my low budget hackintosh overview. Skip if you already watch it.
And before you start messing around with your PC. Make sure you know exactly what you are doing. And please do backup all your important data on your drive. And read the guide step by step carefully.
One more things you need to consider before hackintoshing your PC is. On some machine it may have an issue with the ‘Full shutdown.’ So it’s better to plan to dual boot with Windows from the beginning.
For more info about this you can read the article here: How to Dual Boot Windows and Hackintosh With Clover
Okay! LETS GET START IT!
To make hackintosh bootable usb drive on Windows you’ll need a few tools
- 7-Zip stable version Download Here
- Boot Disk utility Download Here
- TransMac Download Here
- Paragon Hardisk Manager Free Edition Download Here
- USB Flash Disk 8 Gb (For El Capitan need 16 GB)
- Mac OS Installer retail Version of Yosemit, El Capitan or Mac OS Sierra, choose one you desire to make the bootable usb.
To get Mac OS X InstallerApps you can ask help from a friend who have “real Macintosh” to download it from the App Store. Or alternatively you can download it through torrent.
Make sure you have a torrent client such as Transmission etc for downloading via torrent. Just search on google with the keywords something like e.g download Mac OS (X) InstallerApps.
[Note!] In this article I use macOS Sierra for ‘example’
Work with 7-Zip
We start with make a new folder on desktop, name it “Mac OS” and work with 7-Zip to open Mac OS installer apps.dmg
Navigate to “Install macOS Sierra.apps > Contents > SharedSupport >Extract “InstallESD.dmg” to “Mac OS” folder that you have created on your desktop.
[Note!] Unless you have original Installer App. This is important to extract ‘InstallESD.dmg’ file first if you work with DMG file. So you don’t have to deal with a ‘payload’ file inside the folder.
See screenshot, click to enlarge!
Now go to extracted file on “Mac OS Folder” right click “InstallESD.dmg” to open it with 7-Zip.
Next, extract these files to folder you have create on your desktop;
Packages folder, AppleDiagnostics.dmg & AppleDiagnostics.chunklist, BaseSystem.dmg & BaseSystem.chunklist. See screen shot below
Go to “Mac OS folder” where all files extracted, and then find “BaseSystem.dmg” right click to open it with 7-Zip.
And you’ll see few files, find for ‘4.hfs’ or ‘5.hfs’ file, then extract it to ‘Mac OS Folder’ (See screenshot below)
Okay ! now we have all files to work with Boot Disk Utility. Before open BDU plug your Usb Flash drive. And make sure you have back up any important data inside your usb drive!
Format USB Drive and Install Clover with BDU
Run Boot Disk Utility As Admin Go to Option & Configuration thick on “Boot Partition Size (MB)” change size to 200.
Select your Usb flash disk that appear in BDU click ‘Format Disk.’ It will create two partition 200 MB for Clover & 7.8 GB blank “NO NAME”space.
[Note!] make sure your pc is connect to internet to let BDU download and install the latest CLOVER boot loader.
See screenshot below
After finish formatting. Click USB Flash in BDU. It will expand into 2 partition select “NO NAME” partition and then click Restore Partition.
New window will appear, select “4.hfs” you have extract earlier. See screenshot
Select ‘4.hfs’ or ‘5.hfs’ file depend on wich macOS you work with. Then click Open to restore it.
When the process complete, we continue to the next step.
Rezise USB Partition using Paragon Hardisk Manager
When restore process complete the size of <NONAME> partition was become smaller. This is because after restore ‘4.hsf’ file into it and BDU has format the partition into HFS Volume.
So, to make it back to full size we will use Paragon Hardisk Manager to get the job done. Because we still need to copy some file to the partition.
Run Paragon Hardisk Manager and find Usb Flash Disk in the Drive list.
You will see three partition on Usb Flash Disk ‘Clover-OS X Base System-Unlocated Space’ select OS X Base System resize it to full size.
Working with TransMac
Now it’s time for TransMac to work with. Run TransMac as admin and select Usb Flash Disk (mine is Toshiba Trans Memory)
Click on Hfs + volume > System Installation delete Packages slnk file
Then right click, select ‘Copy Here’ and find ‘Packages folder’ in ‘Mac OS Folder’ in your desktop, and copy it.
See screenshot below 👇
Those files are pretty big in size. So, it will need some’ time to proceed, depend on your PC speed.
So, relax and grab a cup of coffee while you waiting the process complete. ☕
After done copying ‘Packages‘ folder, back to “Hfs + Volume” right click “Copy Here”
Copy and paste of this four files: AppleDiagnostics, BaseSystem and also the both chunklist files
This time copy and paste those files to ‘Hfs + Volume’ root folder.
[Important!] On other version version of macOS it’s named ‘OSX-Base System.’ And do not copy to System > Installation folder like when you copy ‘Packages’ files. Once again I remind you [Important!]
So it should be placed outside along with ‘macOS Sierra app’ and other files in HFS+Volume root folder.
When you’re done no we go to next step.
Adding essential kext and pre edited config.plist to Clover EFI Partition
Now the final step to make it works. We need to add essential kext and edit the config.plist in Clover EFI.
By the way you can use pre edited config.plist and additional kext I have upload below.
Download config.plist that I use here: DOWNLOAD
Download kext and driver here: DOWNLOAD
Copy config plist to Usb flash > Clover > EFI > CLOVER replace existing config.plist there.
Next, copy all kext to Clover > EFI > CLOVER > Kext > Other (for OS Sierra) 10.11(for El Capitan) and so on. See screenshot below
For driver32 (optional) put it on driver32 folder and for driver64 put it on driver64 folder.
[Note!] Apple PS2 Controller kext will works like a charm! 🙂
Now you have a bootable Usb drive and ready to install Mac OS (X) on your Hackintosh PC.
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For post-installation and how to setting BIOS etc, you can read here: hackintosh post installation and bios setup
For creating bootable Usb drive from Real Mac computers or from working hackintosh machine, you can read here: How to Make Mac OS Bootable Drive With Disk Utility
For conclusion and you to Taking Note!
For me! every Hackintosh stuff is only for FUN and educational purpose only. If you wanna build hackintosh, make sure it’s legal in your country.
As may you have know that Hackintosh is ilegal on some country. And I am not responsible for any damage caused by following this tutorial.
Make sure you know exactly what you’re doing and understand for the risk as well. If you really love Mac OS X system then you should buy a real Mac by Apple.
However, if you still have a problem please don’t hesitate to hit me in comment section below.
Good Luck & Regards! 👽
Post last update : 02/04/2019