How to create a bootable USB stick with macOS Sierra

Tuesday will be the release of the new operating system macOS Sierra testing since June of this year. About that Apple announced during the presentation of the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2.

macOS Sierra based on the features and design of OS X Yosemite, with features for Mac, as the built-in apps and Spotlight search. The new OS is faster to cope with daily tasks, from running applications and control functions on the Mac to open documents and read emails through the integration of voice assistant Siri.

Thanks to tighter integration with iCloud, all the contents of your Desktop in a folder “Documents” transparently synchronized between other Mac and iPhone and iPad as a universal clipboard allows you to sync content, including text, images, photographs and videos between Apple devices.

It should be noted that not all users of OS X Yosemite will be able to go on macOS Sierra. Minimum system requirements were higher than its predecessor. From the list of compatible missing iMac 2007 and 2008. Will not get access to the platform owners of the 13-inch MacBook 2008 and 2009. Platform “does not pull” Mac Pro release in 2008 and 2009 and the Mac mini 2009. Left behind and the owners of MacBook Pro 2007, 2008 and 2009. A full list of compatible with macOS Sierra models can be found at this link.

Like previous releases of macOS Sierra for distribution through the Mac App store. With some small effort, you can prepare a bootable USB flash drive with all the OSes. This will make the installation process more flexible. The procedure for creating a boot drive with macOS Sierra is somewhat different from previous systems, although not much more complicated. Before proceeding, read the requirements.


  • USB storage 16 GB and more.
  • Download Installer macOS Sierra.
  • The computer with operating system OS X Yosemite.

If everything is ready, you can begin.

How to create a bootable USB stick with macOS Sierra

Step 1: Download on computer the installation file “Install macOS Sierra”.

Step 2: Run Disk utility from the Utilities folder.

Step 3: connect the USB stick to the computer. It is worth considering that the drive will be formatted, so it must not be important data.

Step 4: Select the USB drive in the left pane and click “Erase” on the top bar.

Step 5: Rename the USB drive as SierraInstaller (or any other name without spaces). If you use a different name, the command below should be changed. Click “Delete”.

Step 6: After you have prepared the flash drive, open the Terminal application from the Utilities folder and run the following command:

sudo /Applications/Install macOS
createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/Untitled –applicationpath /Applications/Install macOS –nointeraction &&say Done

Check the spelling of. The most common mistake – the lack of double dash before the word nointeraction. The command should look like the following:

Step 7: Enter the password from your account, which invokes the process of creating a bootable USB drive with macOS Sierra.

After 10-15 minutes, the Terminal will complete the alignment.

“Erasing Disk: 0%… 10%… 20%… 30%…100%…
Copying installer files to disk…
Copy complete.
Making disk bootable…
Copying boot files…
Copy complete.

Step 8: Close The Terminal.

Step 9: Restart your computer with the installed USB flash drive, hold down the keyboard Alt (Option).

Step 10: you Can start to install macOS Sierra.

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