For years now, people have been installing OS X onto bootable flash drives, and it's easy to see why - they provide an easy way to restore any Mac to it's factory settings without having to wait for a huge multi-gigabyte file to finish downloading. The process has changed a bit with the release of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, but shouldn't be too difficult for anyone willing to go somewhat more in-depth.
In this Quick Tip, I'll show you how to create a bootable copy of OS X 10.9 Mavericks using only software that comes preinstalled on every Mac, as well as one tiny freeware utility called invisibliX. Unsurprisingly, you'll also need an empty flash drive with at least 8GB of storage which can be obtained from Amazon for around six bucks.
Install OS X Mavericks on a USB Drive
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