Creating A macOS Sierra Bootable USB Flash Installer

Using Apple’s “Terminal”, you can create a macOS Sierra bootable USB installer. This installer can be used to perform a clean installation of macOS Sierra on a compatible Mac.

First, download the most recent version of macOS Sierra from the App Store. While you may have retained a copy of macOS Sierra from a previous upgrade, you’ll want to download a fresh copy to ensure you have the latest version. If you use an older version, you may need to install a series of macOS Sierra updates later on.

Once you have downloaded a copy of macOS Sierra, the macOS Sierra Installer will be located in the “Applications” folder of your Mac HD. The file will be called “Install macOS Sierra”. Leave the macOS Sierra Installer in its current, default location. This is important for later on.

Next, connect a USB Flash drive to your Mac. The USB Flash drive should be at least 8GB or larger. Make sure the USB Flash drive does not contain any files or documents you wish to keep. As part of the process to create a bootable USB Flash installer for macOS Sierra, the USB Flash drive will be formatted (all data will be erased). Once the USB Flash drive is connected and has mounted onto your desktop, change the name of the drive to “Untitled”. Again, this is important for later on.

Launch “Terminal”. You can do this by going to Finder, select “Go” from the menu bar then “Utilities”. Within “Utilities” double-click on “Terminal”.

Copy and paste the command line below into the “Terminal” window (make sure to copy the command line in its entirety):

sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/Untitled –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app

After pasting the above command line into “Terminal”, press the return key on your keyboard. “Terminal” will prompt you for your computer password. Enter your password then press the return key on your keyboard.

“Terminal” will ask you to confirm that you want to erase the USB Flash drive. Enter “Y” for Yes then press return on your keyboard. “Terminal” will format the USB Flash drive and then proceed with copying over the macOS Sierra Installer files and make the Flash drive bootable. Once the process is complete, “Terminal” will display “Copy Complete” followed by “Done”. If there are no error messages, you can close out of “Terminal”.

Your macOS Sierra bootable USB Flash drive should now be ready. You can test the USB Flash drive by restarting the Mac and holding down the Option key during restart. On startup, you should be prompted to select the drive that you want to boot from (either the internal hard drive/SSD or the USB Flash drive). Select the USB Flash drive to make sure the drive works properly. After the USB Flash drive boots successfully into the macOS Sierra Installer, you can exit the installer, restart the Mac and boot normally to your internal hard drive/SSD.

Additional Notes:

  • After downloading the macOS Sierra Installer, make sure to leave the installer file in its default location (Applications folder). The Terminal command line will not work if you move the installer file.
  • Make sure the USB Flash drive is renamed to “Untitled”. The Terminal command line will not work if the flash drive is named differently.
  • If you are having problems creating a macOS Sierra bootable USB Flash drive using the current USB Flash drive, try a different flash drive. Some USB Flash drives may be problematic.

Tech Tip: Installing Adobe Creative Suite 6 on macOS Sierra

Okay, so you haven’t made the switch to Adobe Creative Cloud and are still using Adobe Creative Suite 6; however, you’ve upgraded or are running Apple’s latest Mac OS, macOS Sierra, and now want to install Adobe Creative Suite 6 on macOS Sierra. Will it work?

While Adobe Creative Suite 6 is not officially supported on macOS Sierra and Adobe has discontinued updates and support for Adobe Creative Suite 6, you can install and run Adobe Creative Suite 6 on Apple’s latest macOS. However, if you run into problems, you are on your own so use it at your own discretion.

When you try to install Adobe Creative Suite 6 from your install disc or via a .dmg installer, you may run into an error message that goes something like “We’ve encountered the following issues . . . Installer failed to initialize . . .”

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To workaround the issue, follow the steps below:

  1. Mount the Adobe Creative Suite 6 install disc or .dmg installer
  2. Open “Adobe CS6 Design Standard” (or whichever Adobe CS6 product you are trying to install)
  3. Right-click (or Ctrl-click) on “Install” then select “Show Package Contents”
  4. Go to “Contents” then “MacOS” and click “Install”
  5. Follow the on-screen prompts to install Adobe Creative Suite 6

If all works according to plan, Adobe Creative Suite 6 should now be installed on macOS Sierra.

Note: If you already had Adobe Creative Suite 6 installed prior to upgrading to macOS Sierra, your Adobe Creative Suite 6 products should launch normally.

All Eyes On Apple: Sept 7th Event

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Photo Credit/Source: Apple Website

With Apple’s now confirmed September 7th event on the calendar, all eyes await to see what Apple will announce at its eagerly awaited September event. The rumors have been building and piling on for months following Apple’s WWDC event in June.

What we can expect at this point is an announcement for a new iPhone, likely being the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Many rumors have circulated indicating the next iPhone will likely carry on a similar appearance and size to the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus series while receiving upgrades to the chip and potentially dropping the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. With the iPhone’s ten year anniversary coming in 2017, speculation has it that Apple will save any major redesign & overhaul for its ten year anniversary iPhone series.

We can also expect Apple to provide more specific details as well as the potential release dates for macOS Sierra and iOS 10, both of which are currently in beta/preview release and possibly announce the release of Apple Watch 2.

There has also been much talk about Apple overhauling and refreshing the MacBook Pro line which has not undergone a major overhaul or refresh since 2012. Apple released a minor refresh to both the MacBook and MacBook Air lines earlier this year. Rumors are going around that the new MacBook Pro will be thinner and lighter, utilize Intel’s Skylake processors and have an OLED touch panel above the keyboard. With the September event typically reserved for the iPhone, macOS and iOS, there’s been speculation that Apple may hold a separate October or November event for any new MacBook Pro announcement.

While much of what we know remains in the rumor mill, the bright side is we only need to wait a few more days before Tim Cook takes the stage and puts some of these rumors to bed. Stay tuned for more following the Apple September 7th keynote!