Install OSX Tiger on Intel Machines (or USB Drives) Using Only Windows Software

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Many of the guides for installing OSX Tiger are complicated and use linux. You can install OSX using public-domain free windows only tools. Leopard instructions and links included as well.


If you wish to install OSX tiger to your intel machine or usb drive, you can follow these few steps. Be careful because you can kill your hard drive if you are not careful.

You will need either a seperate hard drive (seperate partition will not do) or an external hard drive. Whatever extra hard drive you use will be completely replaced by osx and you will lose all information on that drive.

1. Authorized users should obtain the OSX files from Apple. It is illegal to obtain them from torrent sites by searching under the following keywords: “VMWare files for patched Mac OS X Tiger Intel”
2. Unrar these files to the root of your C: drive
3. Download Forensic Acquisition Utilities
4. Unzip these files and copy dd.exe to the root of c: drive as well

Note: the dd.exe program is used to write the image to your spare hard drive or external hard drive. The command is the following:

dd if=c:\tiger-x86-flat.img of=\\.\PhysicalDriveSomething

PhysicalDriveSomething should be replaced with your real physicaldrive (PhysicalDrive1, PhysicalDrive2, etc.). What your hard drives or usb drives are labelled is not always obvious. So I use WMI to figure this out. If you don’t need it, don’t get it. It’s free and it may prevent you from killing your wrong hard drive.

5. Download WMI Tools from Microsoft
6. Open WMI Browser Object
7. Allow block content and click the OKs until it loads
8. Select Win32_SystemPartitions.PartComponent in the left column
9. In the right column right-click on the drive device id (Disk #0, Partition #0, etc) and select Go to Object
10. The device window will open and click the associations tab
11. Exploring with this tool you should be able to match drive letters (Win32_LogicalDisk.DeviceID=”C:”) to each physicaldisk reference (Win32_DiskDrive.DeviceID=”\\\\.\\PHYSICALDRIVE0″)

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12. Now that you know the physicaldrive label for your extra internal or external drive, you can drop to the root of your c: drive and run the command. Be sure to replace the physicaldrive text with the physical drive you determined above. If you use the wrong one, you will erase your primary hard drive.

dd if=c:\tiger-x86-flat.img of=\\.\PhysicalDrive

13. The command will appear to hang but you will notice your extra harddrive cranking away. It’s going to do this for 15min to hours. Just let it run.
14. Once it is done, reboot and set the osx drive to your boot drive through your bios.
15. If your hardware is compatable, you should boot to OSX.

If you need to debug, I recommend these forums.

This wiki is also excellent:
http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

Leopard OS X on Intel Install Here:

http://blogs.tech-recipes.com/seamonkey420/2007/10/28/apples-leopard-already-hacked-for-pc/

http://www.osx86project.org/

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12 Responses to “Install OSX Tiger on Intel Machines (or USB Drives) Using Only Windows Software”

  1. December 21, 2008 at 9:28 am, Mike Bell said:

    Mate there are many things you might have done wrong.

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  2. February 06, 2009 at 12:52 pm, Bill said:

    But why, when you could just buy a used MacMini + Keyboard/Mouse/Display switch, place it on top of your PC case, connect the machines by Ethernet and set up respective shares?!?

    So, it costs a couple of hundred euros more, but not only will it be a faster and more stable solution, you save yourself hours of frustration and can utilise the time to find a girlfriend!!!

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  3. March 03, 2009 at 9:37 pm, Xenos Barrett said:

    hi, i really dont understand what im doing wrong!
    dd if=d:tiger-x86-flat.img of=\.PHYSICALDRIVE2

    and i get
    Error opening output file: 5 Access is Denied
    ive got the source and the destination right, but im trying to dd it straight to a HD as opposed to a partition as i have a spare HD.

    Can anyone Help me? Thanks.

    Reply

  4. March 18, 2009 at 4:42 pm, theaskanison said:

    What advantages and differences there are between installing OSX on a partition from the main drive to install it to a external HD?

    Reply

  5. May 05, 2009 at 5:28 pm, PacMan said:

    I have completed all the steps successfully. When I boot from the external HD, the Darwin prompt comes up. I have tried all options(-x, -s, -F, -v), but it just shows me the darwin loading prompt and it then comes back to the boot prompt. Please tell me how to overcome this problem!

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  6. January 28, 2010 at 5:14 am, Anonymous said:

    Thank you for show us this.
    I need some details.
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    Thank you.
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  7. March 03, 2010 at 9:11 pm, Anonymous said:

    Hey guys, I type in the dd if=c:tiger-x86-flat.img of=\.PhysicalDrive2 and it says that the output path is on a local hard drive. specify the –localwrt option if you want to write to a local drive. So how would i do that? Thanks

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  8. March 03, 2010 at 9:11 pm, Anonymous said:

    Hey guys, I type in the dd if=c:tiger-x86-flat.img of=\.PhysicalDrive2 and it says that the output path is on a local hard drive. specify the –localwrt option if you want to write to a local drive. So how would i do that? Thanks

    Reply

  9. May 26, 2010 at 12:37 pm, NickNamesAreFunny said:

    It is illegal to obtain them from torrent sites by searching under the following keywords: “VMWare files for patched Mac OS X Tiger Intel”

    This was hilarious!!!!!!!!!

    Reply

  10. August 31, 2011 at 12:26 pm, Seez said:

    I think the PC needs to at least have EFI as part of the boot process. Could be wrong, but that may be part of the issue with this.

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  11. August 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm, Erwin said:

    Wow, that’s what I was seeking for, what a stuff! existing here at this blog, thanks admin of this website.

    Reply

  12. October 09, 2012 at 7:38 am, Maneul Suarez said:

    Hi y try to Instal Mac OSX Mountain Lion But have a lot of doubts.
    this process copy the drivers of my laptop? or how I can install the win drivers into mac…
    I have a SONY VIAO core i5- ATI RAEDON 450-
    please can you helpme? my email is astroxonic@gmail.com
    thanks.

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