How To Create a Bootable Mountain Lion Drive


Have one of these on-hand? You can create a bootable Mountain Lion drive.


Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) is now available. However, it can only be purchased through the Mac App Store. This is nice for those wanting to upgrade without having to go to the store and pick up a disc. However, it’s not as convenient if you don’t want to download 4GB of software.

The good news is that you can create a bootable drive. It’s pretty straightforward. Here’s what you need:

  • An 8GB or larger USB flash drive, other external disk, or 4.7GB DVD-R
  • Mountain Lion installer app downloaded from the Mac App Store
  • Optional:Lion Diskmaker app

If you have those on hand it’s pretty easy. Ars Technica goes into detail on how to create a backup. We won’t take away from their hard work, so you can read about how to create your bootable Mountain Lion drive here.

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