- USB 2.0 thumbdrive with at least 8GB of storage or hard drive dock.
USB or eSATA work well. USB 3.0 thumbdrives have a tendency to cause issues with the install.
- A genuine Mac.
- A copy of Install macOS Sierra downloaded from the App Store.
1. Download Sierra
Visit the App store and download Sierra.
2. Prepare the USB Drive
Insert your USB 2.0 drive and open "Disk Utility." Erase the USB drive and format it using the following options:
3. Create Install Disk
Open "Terminal" and paste this command:
sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app
Here is the output from mine:
Ready to start.
To continue we need to erase the disk at /Volumes/Untitled.
If you wish to continue type (Y) then press return: y
Erasing Disk: 0%... 10%... 20%... 30%...100%...
Copying installer files to disk...
Making disk bootable...
Copying boot files...
4. Install Clover on USB
Download the latest Clover.
Open Clover Installer and proceed with installation. When you see this screen, click "Change Install Location" before choosing "customize." Select your newly created macOS Sierra Install USB.
After choosing the install location, choose "Customize." Then use these settings:
After Clover is done installing, you should see an EFI partition mounted. Replace your config.plist, kexts/10.12, and drivers64UEFI folders with mine.
Next, reboot your computer and change your default boot disk to your USB drive in BIOS. This way it will load from your USB drive every time your system reboots.
Restart your system again and Clover should load. When the boot options appear, boot from the USB installer.
Now the installer will load. You can then format disks with disk utility and choose a hard disk to install to. You cannot install to an NVMe hard drive at this stage, you can install to a regular AHCI hard drive and clone it later with Carbon Copy Cloner.
The installer will then copy all of the installation files to the hard drive. After it completes it will reboot. When prompted, rather than choosing to boot from the USB drive, choose to boot from the disk where you installed macOS.
Then you'll finish installing and setting up. Then voila! Booted.
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