Create Catalina Usb Installer Windows

2/12/2022by admin

Apple has just released the latest update to macOS. The update, named macOS Catalina, brings a bucket-full of new features including the ability of using iPad as an external screen for Mac. It also officially kills the 20-year-old iTunes (on Mac) and brings separate apps to manage music and podcasts while also adding a new TV app.

Here are the steps to create a macOS bootable USB media (Catalina) with GPT partition support on Windows 10 or 7/8.1 to rescue your Mac. Download: macOS Big Sur, macOS Catalina, macOS Mojave, or macOS High Sierra These download to your Applications folder as an app named Install macOS version name.If the installer opens after downloading, quit it without continuing installation.

Other notable changes include the abandonment of 32-bit apps in favour of 64-bit apps, refreshed Reminders, Photos, Mail, Safari, and Notes apps, and the introduction of Apple Arcade among others.

Whether you should upgrade your Macs to the new macOS Catalina is entirely up to your current workflow. The change that could affect it the most is the support for 32-bit apps being officially dropped. If you rely on old apps that needs an update for the new platform, you might want to hold your upgrade until these apps are updated or you find alternatives.

With macOS Catalina, Apple has changed the way you used to download the installer. Previously, you would download the new OS installer from AppStore itself and then use that installer to make a bootable installer for later use. In Catalina, when you click the Get button in AppStore, you are taken to the Software Update screen to download the new update.

This change makes is a bit tricky to create a bootable install media like a USB stick or memory card. Albeit not as straightforward as before, but it is definitely possible to make a bootable installer for macOS Catalina. This tutorial shows how to do that.

Update – 12th November, 2020: The latest update to macOS is out now. Learn how to make a bootable macOS Big Sur installer.

Make a Bootable macOS USB Stick or Memory Card

Before you begin:

  • Make sure you have a USB stick aka pen drive aka flash drive or memory card aka SD card with at least 16GB of storage.
  • Take complete backup of data on your Mac.
  • Make sure you have a working, strong, and stable Wi-Fi connection to download macOS Catalina.

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Step 1

Due to the way you get your copy of macOS Catalina has changed a bit, we will rely on a third-party app which will help us get the installer. The app we will use for this is called macOS Catalina Patcher which is primarily used to make a patched installer for old Macs that don’t support new versions of macOS.

Download macOS Catalina Patcher, place it under Applications, launch it, and click Continue. Click Download a Copy.

Now, before you move to the next screen, click Options in the menu bar and disable ‘Auto-apply Post Install Patches.’ After that, click Start Download and wait for the download — that is around 8GB — to finish.

Update: I just read other tutorials mentioning that you don’t need macOS Catalina Patcher. You can download macOS Catalina installer from the Software Update screen and it’s placed under Applications. If you wish to go ahead with that method, you can change the path in the Step 3 from Downloads to Applications.

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Step 2

Once the download is finished, you can see ‘macOS Catalina Installer” under Downloads folder. Now it’s time to erase your USB stick or memory card.

Insert the medium you wish to use for creating a bootable installer in your Mac and open Disk Utility. Select the medium from the list on left and click Erase. Select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) under Format. Type Untitled in Name field (you can choose any name here).

Click Erase and wait for the process to finish. Remember that you are completely erasing the data on this media.

Step 3

Now you are ready to move to the final step which is to create the bootable macOS Catalina media.

Open Terminal and type the following command. Make sure you don’t leave any spaces in-between.

sudo /Downloads/Install macOS --volume /Volumes/Untitled

Note: Replace Untitled (in bold above) with whichever name you gave in step 2.

If copying and pasting or typing this command doesn’t work, you can do the following.

Type sudo in Terminal and keep the window open. Now open Downloads folder and drag the macOS Catalina Installer file on the Terminal window. It will automatically generate the path where your Catalina installer is located.

Now, append --volume /Volumes/Untitled at the end of the automatically generated string and press Return key on keyboard. Note that there are two dashes (--) before volume and a space after volume.

Enter your password, press Y and press enter to start the process and let it finish — which will take about 15 minutes.

How to Install macOS Catalina from a Bootable Volume?


Once Terminal finishes the process, you can restart your Mac and when it is booting up, press and hold Option key until you see a black screen with an option to select the startup disk.

Select Install macOS Catalina and click continue. Let the installer load and once it’s finished, you should enter macOS Recovery screen which will ask you to select a user account which you know the password of. Choose your administrator account and enter its password.

Now click Disk Utility and continue. Select the volume where your current macOS is installed. The volume is usually named macOS. Click Erase. Leave the options as default and click Erase again.

After the process finishes, close Disk Utility and you will return to the recovery screen. This time, select Install macOS and continue.

Let the install process finish, which consists of a couple of automatic reboots. Once finished, you should see the initial macOS setup screen. After you are done with this on-boarding step, you will see the desktop and are all set to start using macOS Catalina on your Mac.

Making a Bootable macOS Installer Media: Summing Up

Bootable macOS installer is useful if you want to completely erase your Mac and reinstall the operating system, or if you have more than one Macs and you don’t want to spend time (and bandwidth) downloading the macOS update.

Making a bootable macOS Catalina installer isn’t too complicated. You can make a bootable flash drive aka pen drive aka USB stick or memory card and use it to install the latest macOS version on your Mac.

That’s it, folks. This was a quick tutorial on how to create a bootable macOS Catalina installer on a flash drive or memory card. I hope you found it useful.

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macOS Catalina is a hugely exciting upgrade for the Mac. In some ways, it’s like having a completely new computer. You may have already taken the plunge and installed it, or maybe you’re waiting to see how it settles down before you install it. But whichever camp you’re in, it’s a good idea to create a bootable installer for macOS Catalina. That way, if anything goes badly wrong with your Mac, you’ll be able to boot from the installer and get going again quickly.

Why do I need a bootable installer for macOS Catalina?

There are a number of reasons for creating a bootable USB Mac installer.

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  1. If you have more than one Mac, it allows you to install Catalina on all your other Macs without having to download it from the App Store each time.
  2. You may want to clean install Catalina, in which case you’ll completely wipe your startup disk and will need to boot from an external drive to do that.
  3. It’s good protection against a catastrophe striking your Mac’s startup disk, especially if you don’t have a stable internet connection. Normally, if you need to reinstall macOS, you can just boot from the recovery partition and do it from there. However, that means re-downloading the installer. So, if you don’t have an internet connection or it’s very slow, you need an alternative.

What should I use as a bootable installer?

You can use an external hard drive, an SSD or a USB stick. Anything that has at least 16 GB of free space. You’ll need to create a new partition (or container if it’s formatted as AFPS) for the installer so if you have data on it you need, you should copy it to another drive first.

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Whoa! Not so fast. There’s one more thing you should do before you create the installer: clear out the junk on your Mac. Before you undertake any major task on your Mac, and especially before you install a new version of the operating system, you should clear out junk and old files you no longer need. I don’t normally recommend software tools, but in this case, the nest way to clear out the clutter is to use CleanMyMac X. It can scan your Mac at the press of a button, identify all the files you don’t need, and allow you to get rid of them with one more click. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Install, and launch CleanMyMac X — download a free edition here
  2. Choose Smart Scan from the list of utilities in the sidebar.
  3. Press Scan.
  4. When it’s finished, press Run to delete files immediately, or Review Details to see what it has found.

Once you’ve cleared out the clutter, you can go ahead and create your bootable installer. Here’s how:

  1. Launch the App Store app and search for macOS Catalina. (If you’re reading this before Catalina has been launched, you’ll need to use the public beta. You can sign up for Apple’s public beta program and download it here Apple Beta Software Program)
  2. When the results appear, click on Catalina, then click ‘Get’.
  3. Wait for it to download. When it’s finished, the installer will launch. Quit it immediately.

The installer has now been saved in your Applications folder. You can go ahead and check, if you like. You now have two options for creating the installer. If you’re comfortable with using Terminal, you can go ahead and jump to the instructions for that, below. If you’d rather not use Terminal, there’s a neat utility called Diskmaker X that will do it for you. All you need to do is download and install it and then, when you run it, point it to the macOS Catalina installer you just downloaded. There are full instructions on the download page.

How to create a bootable installer using Terminal

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  1. Plug the USB stick, hard drive or SSD into your Mac.
  2. Go to Applications>Utilities and double-click Disk Utility to launch it.
  3. Select the disk you want to use for the installer and choose the Erase tab.
  4. Choose APFS or Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as the format and choose GUID partition map from the options, if it’s available.
  5. Give the disk a name and press Erase.
  6. When it’s finished, quit Disk Utility.
  7. Go to Applications>Utilities and double-click Terminal to launch it.
  8. Type:

    sudo /Applications/Install macOS —volume /Volumes/Untitled

    where ‘Untitled’ is the name of your USB stick or external hard drive

  9. Press Return and wait for the word Done to appear in Terminal.
  10. Quit Terminal

You now have a macOS Catalina installer on an external disk or USB stick. Eject it, unplug it and keep it safe. You can use it to install Catalina on any Mac that supports it.

One more step: update applications

Once you’ve used tour new installer to install Catalina on a Mac, it’s a good idea to update all your applications so that that are Catalina compatible. You can do this manually, from the App Store and by launching non-App Store apps and choosing check for updates, but that’s a long and tedious process. It’s much quicker and easier to use the updates in CleanMyMac X. Here’s how you do it.

  1. Launch CleanMyMac X.
  2. Select the Updater tool in the Applications section.
  3. Press Select All.
  4. Press Update.

And that’s it. You’re done. CleanMyMac X checks all your installed apps for updates and then updates them all.

Creating a bootable installer for macOS Catalina isn’t difficult. If you have a spare disk or USB stick and are comfortable using Terminal, you can do it right away. If you’d rather not use Terminal, use the Diskmaker X tool described above. Whichever method you use, make sure you use CleanMyMac X to clear out the junk on your Mac before you start, and use it again to update your applications when you’ve finished.

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