You Can Burn OS X Mountain Lion to a DVD!
Ah, the versatile DVD! We think it is so old fashioned, but really, it keeps so much going – specifically the software that we love to use on all our devices. You can download the OS X Mountain Lion from Apple’s App Store at any time after you have purchased it, but it is always useful to have a bootable disk at your disposal. You will not always be in a position to re-download the installation package every time you want it.
First, you need to download the OS X Mountain Lion to your Mac system. However, do not install it now, unless you understand the different options to install it. I will go over the download options below:
Using Lion Disk Maker
This is the simplest of them. Follow these steps to create an OS X Mountain Lion bootable DVD or USB flash drive using the Lion Disk Maker:
- Installation media- you need at least 8 GB. So use an 8GB USB flash drive or SD card or a dual layer DVD because a single layer DVD has only 5GB space.
- Download Disk Maker- the latest version is 2.0rc2. Install it
- Run and it will show you the Mountain Lion request that is downloaded to your Mac. Click ‘Create a Boot Disk’ using SD cards or USB flash drives or ‘Burn a DVD’ as the case is. Soon you have everything.
Using the Built-in Disk Utility
You can also burn the OS X Mountain Lion using Apple’s disk utility. Here, is how:
- Look in Applications folder for the Mountain Lion installer. Right click on it and select ‘Show Package Contents’.
- Find the file ‘InstallESD.dmg’ from SharedSupport inside Contents.
- Open Disk Utilities from the Utilities folder in Applications.
- Drag and drop the DGM file into the left sidebar of the Disk Utilities window.
- If you are burning to a DVD:
- Insert the disc in the DVD tray
- Select the DMG file in the left sidebar
- Click on ‘Burn’
- If you are burning to a USB disc or SD card:
- Insert the disc. Take care that there is no relevant data in it as it may get erase.
- In the Disk Utility select the disc in the sidebar
- In the Partition tab, select ‘1 Partition’
- Choose ‘Mac OS Extended (Journaled)’ as the format type
- Click on options and choose ‘GUID partition table’
- Hit apply, and the disc will be formatted for installing the Mac in it
- Now in the Restore tab, select the source as the DMG file and the disc as the destination.
- Click on ‘Apply’
Now you are done with it and thus succeeded in creating an OS X Mountain Lion bootable disk.