How to Install Hackintosh Mavericks on PC: Step by Step Guide
If you’re interested in running Mac OS X, but you don’t want to pay ridiculous prices for a normal Mac, then a Hackintosh just might be for you. Right now, the newest iteration of OS X is 10.9, known as Mavericks. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install Mavericks on your PC with the newly released (2013) Hackintosh Mavericks Installer distribution.
The advantages of Unibeast Mavericks Vs Mac OSX Mavericks Installer
Hackintosh Mavericks Installer is an of Mac OS X that has been modified to work with a PC. Distributions are a popular Hackintosh alternative to Unibeast, a better-known installation tool which requires a retail copy of Mac OS X instead. Distributions are actually the most convenient way to set up your Hackintosh.
- You don’t need a real Mac: Unibeast is a Mac app, so you need to have an existing Mac OS X installation for it to work. This usually means that you either have to find a real Mac, or set up a Mac virtual machine. However, with Hackintosh Mavericks Installer, you can just set up everything from a Windows or Linux computer.
- The post-installation is easier: By default, Hackintosh Mavericks Installer will automatically install necessary Hackintosh-specific kexts and drivers for your computer when you boot your Mac OS X installation for the first time. Unibeast requires you to do this manually, using the Multibeast tool.
- You can install it on a hard drive that already has Windows installed: By default, the Mac OS X installer will not work with hard drives that were originally formatted in Windows. Therefore, if your computer’s hard drive already has Windows installed on it, you won’t be able to install Mac OS X on there. Normally, you can bypass this limitation on Unibeast by applying the MBR patch; however, Hackintosh Mavericks Installer does this for you automatically, saving you one extra step.
- Hackintosh Mavericks Installer supports AMD: Normally, computers that use AMD processors are unsupported by Mac OS X. However, Hackintosh Mavericks Installer includes experimental “patched” kernels that may allow Mac OS X to work with these processors regardless.
Interested? Here are the requirements:
- An existing Windows computer/Mac/Hackintosh: This is the computer where you will download and set up Mac OSX Mavericks Installer. The computer can run either Windows or Mac OS X; both operating systems will work.
- A Hackintosh-compatible computer with an empty hard drive: This is the computer where you will install OS X Mavericks. It can be the same computer as the one mentioned in the previous point. If your computer already has Mac OS X installed, Mavericks Installer will just update OS X normally, without deleting any of your apps or files.
However, not every computer will work with Mac OS X. Be sure to read the Hackintosh compatibility guide very carefully, to check whether or not your computer qualifies. Also, Mac OS X needs its own hard drive– a minimum of 10 GB of space is required, but at least 50 GB of space is recommended.
It’s preferred that you use a completely empty hard drive for this, but if your computer already has Windows installed on your hard drive, be sure to create an appropriate hard disk partition for OS X Mavericks beforehand (by following Step 1 of our guide to MBR partitions).
- Hackintosh Mavericks Installer: Hackintosh Mavericks Installer is a distribution of OS X Mavericks that has been modified to work with PCs. You will need to use a bittorrent client to download the disk image file, which is a little less than 6 GB in size. On the website, you’ll be given an option to either download the “ISO Version” or the “USB version” of Mac OSX Mavericks Installer. While either version will probably work, download the DMG version, just in case.
- An empty USB drive (8 GB or larger): In this guide, you will write Mac OSX Mavericks Installer onto a USB drive, and boot your computer from that drive to install OS X Mavericks. The USB drive must be at least 8 GB in size. Since you will need to erase all of the files on the USB drive, make sure to back up its contents first. You can reuse this USB drive for normal stuff after you finish installing Mavericks.
- Win32 Disk Imager: If you’re using a Windows computer to set up Mac OSX Mavericks Installer, you need to use Win32 Disk Imager to write the Installer disk image file onto your USB drive.
Create Bootable USB of Mac OSX Mavericks Installer
Create your Mac OSX Mavericks USB drive (Mac)
Follow this step if you’re setting up Hackintosh on a Mac or existing Hackintosh. Plug your USB drive into Mac OS X, and open Disk Utility (located in Applications->Utilities in your main hard drive). Select your USB drive in the sidebar of Disk Utility, and erase the drive. You can rename and format the drive any way you want– it doesn’t really matter.
Next, open your downloaded Mac OSX Mavericks disk image by double-clicking it; this file will probably be named “OSX-Mavericks.dmg”. Then, open Terminal (also located in Applications->Utilities), and type the following:
Press the enter/return key. This command will output a list of drives currently connected to Mac OS X, including your USB drive. Each drive is labeled with an identifier such as “disk0”, “disk1”, etc. In the screenshot below, my USB drive (which is named “PIZZA”) has the identifier “disk4”. Remember this identifier.
Next, type the following commands:
diskutil unmountdisk /dev/"identifier" sudo dd if="full path of disk image" of=/dev/r"identifier" bs=1m
Replace “identifier” with the actual identifier of your USB drive (don’t include the quotation marks), and replace “path of disk image” with the actual file path of the Mavericks disk image that you downloaded (also without quotation marks).
In the screenshot above, my Mavericks disk image is located in the “Downloads” folder of my “Kitten” hard drive, so I type if=/Volumes/Kitten/Downloads/OSX-Mavericks.dmg as part of the second command. Meanwhile, my USB drive had the disk4 identifier, so I type of=/dev/rdisk4 (don’t forget the letter “r” before the identifier).