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Booting Mac Os X from iBoot (USB Flash Drive), instead of using GRUB 2

Although GRUB 2 (Boot loader that support multiple operating system) has supported Mac Os X, there are several problems for user that use ..x86. For example : on graphics functionality, maybe you can’t detect multiple display, and for some other functionality you have to use third party software to enable keyboard, mouse, and sound. And perhaps you still can’t get the Trackpad to work ^^.

By using iBoot you don’t have to be worry with that problems. You can burn iBoot loader iso file into CD and use it to boot Mac Os X. but Instead of using CD, there is alternative way, you can use USB Flash Drive. So this is the guide :

  1. Prepare usb flash drive (128MB is more than enough)
  2. Format it using GUID partition table with Disk Utility
  3. Download iBoot.iso and (chameleon or multibeast)
  4. Run multibeast (Assume that you use multibeast)
    1. Select EasyBeast Install
    2. Change Install Location to Flash Drive
    3. Finish Installation
  5. Mount iBoot.iso with disk mounter
  6. Copy all files in iBoot to Flash Drive
    • For example using command line :
      bash-3.2# cp -R /Volume/iBoot/* /Volume/PathToYourFlashDrive
  7. Reboot, and test

Good Luck ^^

Categories: Mac Os
  1. sagara
    August 31, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Its make my USB bootable but when i am selecting my “Mac OS Volume” on iboot screen its crashes.

    • txcom2003
      August 31, 2011 at 2:31 am

      Please add “-v” parameter to know what’s going wrong. Thanks

  2. txcom2003
    August 31, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    just simple type “-v” after you select MacOS but before pressing “Enter” button to enter verbose mode. other option is http://brennanv.com/2011/05/31/how-to-always-boot-mac-osx-into-verbose-mode/. if you can’t find any solution, i suggest to post question to http://www.tonymacx86.com/index.php.

  3. October 27, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Hello. After a long search, I think this technique offers the best hope of booting many models of Mac from a USB stick WITHOUT first having to change Mac itself (say with rEFIT), just like one can boot with Apple’s recovery USB stick (e.g. from a Mac Air). Thoughts?

  4. flavio
    March 28, 2012 at 4:57 am

    thanks !!!

  5. Rafael Cordeiro
    July 19, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Thanks man!! By the way, the code you give at the end should be Volumes with and s

  6. Anbu
    August 29, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    u said to run multibeast. How to run it in mac. Im newbww pls help

  7. mick
    January 8, 2013 at 2:30 am

    /Volumes not /Volume
    cp -R /Volumes/iBoot/* /Volumes/PathToYourFlashDrive/

    • Esteban Quito
      May 9, 2013 at 9:21 am

      Just Drag source and Destination to the Terminal Window… that’ll do!

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  10. IKRS
    November 23, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Where do we put the last code?

  11. txcom2003
    November 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    You can write it in the terminal console. Please Use root privilege.

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