How to Create a macOS Sierra Public Beta Installation USB

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    Jul 7, 2016 at 5:03 PM #1
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    Here's a quick guide to create a macOS Sierra 10.12 Public Beta Installation USB using Clover. Please note, this guide is not universal, and may not work for all systems.​


    STEP 1: Download macOS Sierra Public Beta

    1. Enroll in the Free Apple Beta Software Program
    2. Open Mac App Store
    3. Log in with your Apple ID
    4. Redeem code
    4. Download macOS Sierra Public Beta

    The Application Install macOS Sierra Public Beta will appear in /Applications.


    STEP 2: Prepare Bootable USB Drive
    This step extracts the Installer contents, then installs Clover bootloader to the USB stick.

    1. Insert the USB drive
    2. Open /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility
    3. Highlight the USB drive in left column
    4. Click on the Partition tab
    5. Click Current and choose 1 Partition
    6. Click Options...
    7. Choose GUID Partition Table
    8. Under Name: type USB (You can rename it later)
    9. Under Format: choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    10. Click Apply then Partition
    11. Open /Applications/Utilities/Terminal
    12. Type the following, enter password and hit enter. This command completely erases the USB, then creates native installer media from the Install 10.12 Public Beta Application.

    macOS Sierra GM & Final Build
    Code (Text):
    sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/USB --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app --nointeraction
     
    macOS Sierra Public Beta
    Code (Text):
    sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra\ Public\ Beta.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/USB --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra\ Public\ Beta.app --nointeraction
     
    Upon completion, the USB will be renamed Install macOS Sierra Public Beta.

    13. Download the latest version of Clover from sourceforge
    14. Open Clover package installer
    15. Hit Continue, Continue, Change Install Location...
    16. Choose the USB, now called Install macOS Sierra Public Beta
    17. Hit Customize and install Clover to the same USB using one of the following examples:

    UEFI.png
    (UEFI Mode)

    Legacy.png
    (Legacy Mode)​

    18. Navigate to /EFI/CLOVER/ and replace default config.plist with one of the attached config.plist examples.
    19. Navigate to /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/other/ and add FakeSMC.kext
    20. (Optional) Navigate to /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/other/ and add your ethernet kext
    21. (Optional) Navigate to /EFI/CLOVER/kexts/other/ and add NullCPUPowerManagement.kext

    Your Clover Installation USB is now finished.

    For post installation instructions and screenshots, please see
    http://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/u...apitan-on-any-supported-intel-based-pc.172672

    Clover Developers:
    Slice, with help of Kabyl, usr-sse2, jadran, Blackosx, dmazar, STLVNUB, pcj, apianti, JrCs, pene, FrodoKenny, skoczy, ycr.ru, Oscar09, xsmile, SoThOr…

    Source code credits:
    Intel, Apple, Oracle, Chameleon, rEFIt and Xom.

    Official Clover Links:
    Sourceforge: Clover
    Clover Wiki
    Clover Configurator

    Config.plist Examples
     
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    Jul 7, 2016 at 6:45 PM #2
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    It does not work, when I enter the above command in Terminal, I get:
    sudo: /Applications/Install 10.12 Public Beta.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia: command not found :(
     
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    Jul 7, 2016 at 6:57 PM #3
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    Just fixed the path- the Application is named Install macOS Sierra Public Beta.
     
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    thanks, got it in the mean time, I'm a bit slow....
     
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    also can I use the config.plist I currently use on 10.11 or do I need to use the UEFI attached?
     
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    You can use your config.plist- there are no particular special settings necessary for Sierra.
     
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    Does it work with Skylake?
     
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    Yep.
     
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    Might want to specify: minimum size for the USB thumb drive. Are 8 Gb thumb drives still adequate for Sierra?
    And: whether USB 3.0 drives can also work, whether it's inserted into a USB 2.0 port or a USB 3.0 port.
     
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    Odd. My install is hanging at some point (photo attached). Tried with both Legacy and UEFI, with my config.plist or with the posts'. Maybe I should try using some boot flags?
     

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