MacOS and Windows are the most widely-used operating system in the computer world currentlty and Windows is the top. However, not all Windows users can afford to buy a MacBook or iMac or they just want to experience great features of MacOS without buying a MacBook. So the best solution here is to use a VMware emulator to run macOS on their Windows computer. But, before running macOS on Windows, you need a bootable USB drive to install this operating system on your VMware. Some people want a macOS installation USB drive to install it on their Hackintosh.

Although there are many articles that have already instructed how to create a bootable macOS USB drive for running macOS on Windows, but they still miss a fews steps, which cause some errors during the installation process. In this guide, we will walk you through a step by step instruction so that you can easily make a bootable macOS USB drive for other purposes.

Before getting started, you should first prepare some things so that the process is sucessful:

Pre-quisite:

  • A USB at least 8GB or higher. For MacOS Catalina installer, the USB must be 16GB
  • Transmac: You can grab the latest version of Transmac from its home page
  • The macOS installer that you want create bootable USB. You should build the most popular installers such as: Catalina, Mojave and High Sierra, guaranteed to be created from the original file downloaded from Apple

Or you can download installer.dmg file from the link below. Choose your desired version.

macOS Catalina 10.15.b8 (19A558d): Google Drive

macOS_Mojave_10.14[18A391]: Google Drive

macOS Mojave 10.14.4 APFS: Google Drive

 macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 (17G2208 | 15P6703): Google Drive

Once you meet all requirements, let’s start creating a bootable macOS USB drive.

Steps to Create a Bootable macOS USB Drive on Windows

Step 1: Format USB Correctly

Once of the main reason causing you to fail in installing macOS on your Windows computer is from your uncorrect USB format. All the standard USB format is currently MBR, while macOS uses the standard GUID Partition (GPT). So you will need to do another step.

  • Connect your USB drive into the Windows computer
  • Go to This PC > right click on your USB > Format NTFS.
  • Open cmd with administrator and type in list disk > hit Enter
  • Note the list disk of your USB. It’s usually at the bottom.
  • Next, enter: se
select {your disk}
  • Continue to type in the command:
clean
  • Finally type in:
convert to GPT

View the image below to understand more clearly about the steps mentioned above.

Step 2: Use Transmac to create a bootable macOS USB drive

  • After you download Transmac, extract the zip file and install the .exe file on your Windows computer.
  • Once done, open the software from Desktop or Start menu and run it as administrator. For free version, you need to wait for 15 seconds and click on Run.
  • Select your USB drive, right click on it and choose Restore with Disk Image
  • You will be prompted that all the data in your USB will be lost.
  • Click on Disk Image to restore and browse to the DMG file you downloaded earlier.
  • Click on OK. If you see a warning prompt, simply choose Yes
  • Wait for Transmac to do its leftover tasks. Once you see a Restore Completed popup, it means you have successfully created a bootable macOS USB drive.

Step 3: All you need now is to plug your USB drive into the computer, press and hold Option (Alt) key and to try booting up MacOS. If you follow all steps carefully, the process is 100% successful.

Do you have any question? Let’s know in the comment below.

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