In the previous part of this guide, I showed you how to prepare your storage device so that it can be used to boot either a Mac OS X Installer or a fully functional Mac OS X system from that storage device. In the following guide, we’ll focus on the earlier of the two: creating a Mac OS X Install Drive.
If you have not already done so, download and install Carbon Copy Cloner (as recommended in the introduction of this guide). CCC allows us to make exact copies of Mac formatted discs and drives. It’s a very useful backup and recovery utility that will be uses often in these instructions. Once you’ve got CCC installed, we are ready to begin backing up our Mac OS X Install DVD.
1. Insert your Mac OS X Install DVD into your computer
Go ahead and pop in your Mac OS X Install DVD into your Mac. This could be the Install DVD that come with your computer or a Retail copy of Mac OS X.
2. Connect your Storage Device
At this point, you will also want to connect the Storage Device you want to backup your Install DVD to, this either being the External Hard Drive, Flash Drive, or SD Card from the previous part of this guide.
3. Launch Carbon Copy Cloner
Launch Carbon Copy Cloner from the location you installed it to (either your Applications or Utilities folder).
4. Select Mac OS X Install DVD from the Source Disk list
Using CCC is very straight forward for this purpose. Select the Mac OS X Install DVD from the Source Disk list. If it is not listed, you may want to double-check the Finder and be sure it’s showing up there.
5. Select your Storage Device from the Target Disk list
Select the storage device you created in the previous part of this guide from the Target Disk list. Hopefully you named it something easy to remember as recommended in the previous part of the guide. Also ensure that Backup everything is selected in the Cloning options list (which it should be by default).
IMPORTANT: If you don’t see the message “This volume will be bootable.” in the Target Disk column (as shown in the picture above), you did something wrong when partitioning the disk.
6. Click the Clone button and enter an Administrative Password when prompted
Click the Clone button in the bottom-right of the window to begin copying the disc. You will be asked to enter the username and password of an Administrator account during the cloning process as Carbon Copy Cloner needs administrative rights to complete the process properly.
When the process is complete, you will have a completely working bootable hard drive.
7. Eject the Mac OS X Install DVD and open the Startup Disc preference pane in System Preferences
Although the cloning process is complete, it’s always good to be sure the job completed successfully. Eject your Mac OS X Install DVD from your Mac then open System Preferences. Open the Startup Disc preference panel.
In the list of available Startup Disks, you should see your newly created Install Drive. If you see it listed, congrats! You now have a bootable copy of your Mac OS X Install DVD that you can take anywhere with you. Feel free to put your Mac OS X Install DVD away for safe keeping.
8. (Optional) Boot from your Mac OS X Install Storage Device
Now if you want to be REALLY sure, go ahead and take your new Install Drive for a test-drive! Restart your Mac. When you hear the startup chime, hold down the ALT key on your keyboard. A list of bootable volumes should appear. Using the left and right arrows on the keyboard, highlight your Install Drive and press Enter. After a few moments, you should see the Mac OS X Installer.
You have now completed a very important and useful step in helping you recover from possible issues with Mac OS X. In the next part of the guide, we will focus on creating a fully-functional Mac OS X system for us to be able to troubleshooting issues even further.