Montag, 5. Oktober 2009

5.) [10.6] Restore the Mac OS X Install DVD to HardDisk

One major drawback of Chameleon is the missing "Mac OS X Install DVD" boot support. You cannot boot an Install DVD directly. There are workarounds with special, custom made Boot DVDs, but I think the easiest solution is to restore the "Mac OS X Install DVD" to a HardDisk with Disk Utility. This allows you to boot the Installer from the HardDisk, which in turn works great under Chameleon and even on a real Mac. A positive side effect of this approach is an enormous speedup of the installation process due to the use of a harddisk instead of a slow optical drive.

There are many possibilities to restore the Install DVD onto a harddisk. On a separate internal or external harddisk, on a free partition or even on an USB-Stick (>= 8GB). It's up to you. I will restore the Install DVD on the same harddisk on which you are going to install Mac OS X 10.6.

Connect the harddisk on which you are planning to install Mac OS X 10.6 to a real Macintosh and launch Disk Utility. For this guide I will use a Samsung 500GB HD502SJ.

In Disk Utility select the new HD, click on Partition and selct as Volume Scheme 2 Partitions.

Then click the Options button and select GUID Partiton Table + OK.

Now select the partition "Untitled 2" with a click go to Size and enter 16 and confirm with ENTER. Go to Name and enter 10.6 Install DVD. Leave the Format as it is: Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

Select the first partition "Untitled 1" and rename it to Mac OS X (or a name of your choice). On this partition you will install Mac OS X. Leave the Format as it is: Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

Now click the Apply button and then the Partition button.

You are done with the preparations of the HD. Now let's restore the "Snow Leopard" Mac OS X Install DVD onto the partition "10.6 Install DVD". Insert the Install DVD and select the partiton "10.6 Install DVD" on the left side as shown in the photo. The click on Restore.

Now Drag-and-Drop the "Mac OS X Install DVD" from the left side to the Source Textfield. Repeat this step with the "10.6 Install DVD" HD-Partition to the Destination Textfield. Then click on the Restore button, acknowledge the sheet and provide the Administrator credentials.

Take a cup of coffee... and you are DONE.


  1. This blogger has added DVD booting into Chameleon. I'm using it works well.

  2. Thanks for the tip. I will give it a try.

  3. Wouldn't it be an idea simply combining both, the Mac OS X Install DVD "restore" and the USB installation disk onto one USB HDD?