OSX Mavericks has been available for just over a while now and people have been downloading it in droves. This is where a problem might occur. Since 2011, Apple have been distributing their Mac OSX upgrades through the app store. This means that there is no CD/DVD available. I know that Apple has their own USB flash drive version of OSX Mavericks that you can buy of OSX Lion, but at the time of publishing this article, Apple does not have a USB flash drive version available.
So why would you want this? Well, if you have a slow internet connection then this might slow the install time down considerably. Since OSX Mavericks is more than 4GB in size, it will take more than an hour to download on slower connections. By having mavericks on a USB flash drive, you won’t need to download it over and over again. This can be useful if you have to install Mavericks on more than one computer. This would save you downloading it twice (or more times).
Thankfully, the there is a solution to this problem. There is an app that you can download for your mac that makes the whole process a lot easier. It is called DiskMaker X and it is free. It allows you to create a bootable USB flash drive with the installer for OSX Mavericks on it without the need for any command line knowledge or any messy workarounds.
It will require you to have an 8GB USB flash drive to hand. You will also need to run DiskMaker X before you install Mavericks direct from the installer which you download from the Mac App Store. If you have already installed mavericks, then you cannot do this procedure.
The way it works, is that you download DiskMaker X from the above link. Once you install it, plug your USB flash drive into your mac, select it. From there, DiskMaker X will guide you through the process and do all of the leg work for you. This makes the process so much easier. I have used it and it makes the process a breeze.
What do you think of DiskMaker X? Let me know in the comments.