|Budget Hackintosh PC Build Project|
|Articles - Featured Guides|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 10 April 2013|
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Installing OS X
Note: Before you start installing OS X, drop into the UEFI BIOS on the P8H77-I motherboard and make sure your SATA mode is set to AHCI rather than IDE.
Plug your newly-configured USB key into a front USB 2.0 port, then turn on your Hackintosh and press the F8 key as soon as you see the first BIOS screen. This will bring up ASUS' boot device selection menu. Select your USB key here using the arrow keys, and press ENTER to start booting from the key.
The OS X Installer will start automatically. But we can't let it just run, yet, because we must first format the hard disk we'll be installing OS X on. After you get past the first OS X installer screen (the one where you're prompted to select your language), a menu bar will appear at the top of the screen. From the Utilities menu here, select Disk Utility. When the Disk Utility window appears, select the drive you want to install OS X on from the list at the left, click the Partition button at the area to the right, select 1 Partition from the Partition Layout menu, and Mac OS Extended (Journaled) from the Format menu. You can give the volume whatever name you want by typing it in the Name section; in this example, I've used "Hackintosh" as the volume name.
Don't click Apply yet, though! Instead, click the Options button below the partition diagram and choose GUID Partition Table. Now click OK, and then click Apply. If the disk was previously formatted (as opposed to being a brand new disk), you'll be asked if you're sure that you want to do this...you are. Formatting the disk should take just a few seconds. When it's done, quit Disk Utility and you'll automatically be returned to the OS X Installer.
You'll need to select the disk you want to install OS X on. For this build I used two disks: one for OS X and one as a backup disk for Time Machine, OS X's built-in incremental backup utility. Select your disk with the mouse and click Install to proceed.
When the OS X installation is complete, the system will restart. However, you still can't directly boot from the hard disk, so press the F8 key again and boot from the USB key. Since there are now two bootable devices (the USB key and the hard disk), you'll see this display:
Use the arrow keys to select the hard disk (named "Hackintosh" in this case) and press the Return key to continue booting. If all goes well, you'll be taken through the OS X setup process-- note that you can skip past most of the screens that want your contact information, Apple ID, and so forth, but you will need to create a user account, just as you would under Windows. In a minute or so you should be at the OS X desktop. But we're not done yet! In the next section I'll show how to use MultiBeast to put the final touches on everything.