Clean Install Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks from SD card to Fusion Drive

First posted on the 31st October, 2013 – IT
Last modified on the 31st October, 2013, at 5:07 am

After having some issues after upgrading to Mavericks I have decided to clean install all my systems.

I needed to clean install Mavericks on my iMac. In fact this is the second clean install, unfortunatly after the first one I cut a few corners an partitioned my Fusion drive and lead to a very unstable systems. Also I used migration assistant to copy back my files from the old partition. Surprising this also copied all the problems and some things I didn’t want like mysql.

Bottom line: if you are having problems do a real clean install and manually copy back files and reinstall applications.

As I didn’t want to use USB and couldn’t be bothered to dig out a Firewire external disk and risk any Firewire/Thunderbolt issues I though I would try installing from an SD card. This way I could use the same media on my Retina MacBookPro when I get round to clean install that later. I followed the same logic as before but now pointed createinstallermedia to the formatted SD card.

  1. Download Mavericks Installer
  2. Erased the 16 GB SD card as Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
  3. Run creatinstallermedia from installer and point to SD card
    sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ --nointeraction
  4. Restart holding down the option key
  5. Select the disk named “Install OSX Mavericks”
  6. Select Disk Utility in OS X Utilities and erase the disk you want to onto
  7. Quit Disk Utility and select Install OS X
  8. Select the disk you just erased and install as usual

On my iMac once I started up from the media I fixed my partition issue and then erased the disk. I then synced my files back from my Retina MacBookPro and re-installed all the needed apps including mysql, wordpress and all the backend for the webcam stuff.