How to Create a Bootable Drive & Install OS X Yosemite Faster

When you have to upgrade your Mac computer to Yosemite, it could take hours to download the bits from the App Store. But here at Scrubly we can save you those hours by showing you how to create a bootable USB drive with the upgrade already available. This way you can install OS X Yosemite in a fraction of the time it would take you by going through the App Store.

Read on and follow these easy steps to get Yosemite now.

1. First, download Yosemite from the App Store as shown below:

OS X Yosemite download tile on App Store

2. Next, insert a USB drive into your laptop as shown below. Make sure the USB drive has at least 8 GB of space on it.
USB flash drive inserted in Mac laptop

3. Next, open Disk Utility from Spotlight on your Mac. Highlight your USB drive on the left. Click on the Erase tab and select the following options:

  • Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
  • Name: Untitled

Mac Disk Utility window open on Erase tab

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4. Now open Terminal from Spotlight and paste in the following command:

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\

Yosemite.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/Untitled

–applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\

Yosemite.app –nointeraction

Code pasted into Mac Terminal window

5. The USB drive is automatically formatted and the copy process begins.
Copying in process in Terminal window

6. After the disk is formatted, it begins copying files. This could take up to 30 minutes. Please be patient!

Closeup of copy completion message in Terminal window

Once the process is complete, the USB drive is ready with a fresh copy of the upgrade and you can use it to install OS X Yosemite on any Mac computer. This should save you a bunch of time so you can get right into enjoying the latest version of Mac OS X!

OS X Yosemite install file on USB drive

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