Often users employ USB and Hackintosh on their computers to obtain Linux OS X experience. However, with iPortable Snow, a method for the distribution of OS X 10.6.2, the same live experience can achieved. Read on to find more.
To create the thumb drive, Mac Hackintosh is required.
Step 1: Download iPortable Snow from a torrent website.
Step 2: While the application downloads, format your external hard drive or 8 GB thumb drive. Open Disk Utility> Select the drive you want to install OS X.
Step 3: Visit Partition tab and create a single partition, formatted as Mac OS Extended. Click Options to ensure that Master Boot Record option is being used. Click Apply to format the drive.
Step 4: Close Disk Utility and open downloaded iPortable Snow installer.
Step 5: Double click icon with the umbrella labeled "iPortable_Snow_x86". It will automatically open a program CopyCatX.
Step 6: In the first window, go to Backup/Restore section> Change selected partition to the formatted drive> Click Backup/Restore button.
Step 7: In the second window, restore the drive to a backup by clicking the right radio button > Click Start > Use iPortable_Snow_x86 volume archive file when prompted. It will copy the files to the thumb drive.
Step 8: Open “First Aid” in the iPortable Snow Install folder to fix bootloader > Click iPortable Bootfix> On third page click “Change Install Location”> Change the location of thumb drive, else a new bootloader will override all the previous steps. Once complete, rename it.
Bingo! You successfully created a Portable Hackintosh on a USB Thumb Drive. You can now enjoy the same live Linux thumb drive experience from your booted thumb drive. You will obtain Chameleon screen with a few choices, instead of regular options when your computer's OS boots.
This process works well on most Intel-based computers. So try it out on your Hackintosh and educate us with your valuable comments in the box below.