There are plenty of reasons why you might need to make an OS X bootable drive. Maybe you’re updating numerous Macs in your house and don’t want to download the installer every time. Perhaps you’ve replaced the hard drive in your iMac and need to install a fresh copy of OS X.
In the video below, I’ll show you how easy it is to create a bootable OS X Yosemite drive using software you can download for free.
You’ll need a few thing to do this right. First, you’ll need a USB stick or hard drive with at least 8GB of free storage space. (The awesome VisionTek USB Pocket SSD we recently reviewedwould be great.)
Second, you’ll need that free software. Grab the OS X Yosemite installer from the Mac App Store. Then download DiskMaker X. There are other ways you can mount the installer, but this is the easiest option we’ve found.
Then watch the video below for complete instructions.