Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Copying Files from failed OSX Install

Due to an error on my Hackintosh "Mac OS X Update can't be installed on this disk. An error occurred while evaluating JavaScript for the package", which I was unable to workaround, I decided to re-install using the "Vanilla Snow Leopard (Automated Method)" you can find here on InsanelyWind

But I made a mistake. I downloaded 10.6.5 combo update from Apple which weighs in at nearly 1Gb, but it was on the HD of the failed install.

The answer was to boot from SD card, insert a USB stick in and use the Terminal to copy over the downloads.

    cd /volumes

and note what the various volumes are called


    cd /volumes/failed_install/users/user
    cp -R downloads /volumes/USB

The -R flag copies the whole directory over.

PS Follwing the instructions below, after upadting to 10.6.5 on vanilla I got a kernel panic and crash on boot. So I booted to SD card, switched to the new install, and re-installed EFI Finisher. This got the Hackintosh back up. Then since I was stuck at 800x600 I installed and ran EFI Update and now all seems good.

Vanilla Install Process

Install Snow Leopard to your MSI Wind HD
- Plug the USB/SD Installer into your MSI Wind and press the power button
- Click “F11” on the keyboard when the BIOS screen shows up. Select your USB/SD installer and hit “Enter” to boot from it.
- Once booted into the OS X installer, open Disk Utility from the menu bar.
- Select your internal hard drive in the left frame
- Click the “Partition” tab and change “Current” to “1 Partition”
- Name the partition to your liking and change the format to “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)”
- Click “Options” and make sure the partition scheme is set to “GUID Partition Table”
- Click “Apply” and “Erase” to format your internal hard drive
- Exit from Disk Utility and continue with the installer as normal
- When the installation completes, it will say “Install Failed”. Ignore this warning and continue to restart your MSI Wind.

Boot Snow Leopard for the 1st time
- Again, click “F11” on the keyboard when the BIOS screen shows up. Select your USB/SD installer and hit “Enter” to boot from it.
- When you get the Chameleon screen, press any key to enter the startup options. Select the hard drive you just installed Snow Leopard on and click “Enter” to boot from it.
- Give yourself a pat on the back once the Mac OS X Welcome Screen finally loads. The hard part of the Vanilla install is over!
- Follow the prompts that will eventually lead you to your Desktop.
- If you have not done so already, download the updated EFI Finisher package from one of the mirrors above.
- Install this package on your new Snow Leopard install
- Reboot and enjoy your flawless Mac OS X Snow Leopard Installation!


Updating to 10.6.5

Always back up your data before updating! There is always a very slight chance that kernel panics at boot will occur after updating, which means you may not be able to access your data!

Open Software Update and select “Mac OS X Update”. Begin the installation and reboot when prompted.

After the installation completes, and you have booted into 10.6.5, you may have only 800 x 600 resolution. If so, run UpdateEFI v2, select “System Updates”, and reboot when the process is complete.

If not, then you are done!

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