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  • The MacOS

    The MacOS

    MacOS is one of the coolest looking operating systems out there right now. The only problem being the fact that this OS works only with Apple’s hardware on its MacBook and other Mac products. One cannot install the OS, or buy it for a custom build.

    This is where we come in. There is a way, where Windows users or casual PC building enthusiasts could get their hands on the forbidden OS, without paying a high premium for the Apple hardware.

    A Hackintosh as such is a custom PC build specifically made for running MacOS and is made using hardware from a normal PC. We’ll be installing Apple’s latest MacOS Sierra, for this Hackintosh. The difficulty level for this guide is Expert.

    However, before you begin with Hackintosh, there are a few pre-requisites necessary to have a successful build and installation. These requisites include hardware recommendations as well as a few additional things necessary. We’ll be using software provided by TonyMacX86 for creating our MacOS USB, and the only way for you to get your hands on this software is by signing up at the website.

    Let’s get building.

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  • Hardware recommendation

    Hardware recommendation

    - Intel CPU (strongly recommended). AMD’s are not well supported with such builds.

    - At least 8GB of RAM for a smooth user experience.

    - For the processor, anything above Intel Core i3 3220T with a compatible motherboard supporting UEFI BIOS works great. Sadly there is no support for the latest 7th Generation Core processors and the 200 series chipset for now.

    - An SSD should be your first choice however, a clean 7200RPM HDD with at least 500GB of storage space should do the trick too.

    - Also, do remember that you’ll be using the hard drive in a different format, which won’t be compatible with Windows OS or any other OS after that.

    - An AMD GPU is supported by default but for an Nvidia GPU, you’ll need to install a driver later from here to run things smoothly.

    - A USB 3.0 drive with at least 16GB of storage.

    - That’s it as far as Hardware is concerned. Now we’ll start with the actual Hackintosh preparation.

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  • Creating a Hackintosh Installation drive

    Creating a Hackintosh Installation drive

    - For this step, you’ll need a working Mac machine running MacOS Sierra. Once you’ve found a machine with the latest OS version installed, head on to the app store and search for MacOS Sierra. Once you find it, download it onto the system but don’t hit install when prompted.

    - Assuming you’ve completed the sign-up procedure, download UniBeast 7.0.1. or higher for creating the bootable drive, and MultiBeast-which is necessary for the post-installation process, from the downloads section onto your Mac.

    - Once you’ve downloaded MacOS Sierra, it’ll appear in Applications. Insert the USB drive into the Mac and search for ‘Disk Utility’.

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  • Disk Utility Configuration

    Disk Utility Configuration

    - Upon opening Disk Utility, you’ll see the drive connected to the Mac. Look for your USB drive, and highlight it by clicking on it.

    - Hit the ‘Erase’ button from the top section. It’ll ask you for a name, add whatever you feel like.

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  • Selecting the drive format

    Selecting the drive format

    - Next, it’ll prompt you to select a format, Choose OSX Extended (Journaled). For Scheme, choose GUID Partition Map, and click on Erase.

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  • Creating a bootable MacOS USB

    Creating a bootable MacOS USB

    - Now open UniBeast. Once you’ve opened it, click on Continue, and agree to the terms and conditions.

    - It’ll automatically detect your formatted USB drive. Once you’ve spotted your drive, click on it, and tap Continue.

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  • Bootloader Configuration

    Bootloader Configuration

    - At the ‘Select OS Installation’ screen, select MacOS Sierra, and click on Continue.

    - In Bootloader options, choose UEFI mode.

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  • Verify Installation Options

    Verify Installation Options

    - At ‘Graphics Configuration Mode’ select the necessary option according to your hardware and click Continue.

    - Verify the installation options and hit Continue. It’ll ask you to enter the password for the Mac machine. Enter the credentials and hit Install.

    - UniBeast will now install the MacOS onto the USB drive and create a Bootable USB.

    - Once the installation completes, close the box. Now, drag and drop the MultiBeast, that we downloaded along with UniBeast, onto the USB drive.

  • Tweaking the UEFI configuration

    Tweaking the UEFI configuration

    UEFI is your motherboard’s operating system which helps it interact with the connected hardware and act accordingly.

    You can enter the UEFI on the motherboard by hitting the key as mentioned when you boot your system.

    For ASUS UEFI custom settings, click here.
    For Gigabyte UEFI custom settings, click here.
    For MSI UEFI custom settings, click here.

    - Load Optimised Defaults
    - Disable VT-d, if enabled
    - Disable CFG-Lock, if enabled
    - Disable Secure Boot Mode, if enabled
    - Set OS Type to Other OS
    - If your system has IO SerialPort, disable it
    - Set XHCI Handoff to Enabled
    - Save and exit

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  • Installing MacOS on HDD or SSD

    Installing MacOS on HDD or SSD

    - Turn off your machine, and insert the USB drive.

    - Power on the system and press the hotkey for booting into a drive. It’s usually F12, F11, F10 or F8. Look for the hotkey when your system boots up.

    - Once you’re asked to select the drive to boot, select the USB drive.

    - Choose MacOS X from USB on the boot screen.

    - Now you’ll be greeted by the MacOS installer. Choose your language.

    - You’ll need to format your existing drive in order to make it compatible with the OS.

    - In the top menu bar select Utilities, and open Disk Utility.

    - Highlight your target drive for the Sierra installation in the left column.

    - Click Erase button.

    - Add a name for the drive.

    - Choose OS X Extended (Journaled) as the format.

    - Choose GUID Partition Map for Scheme and Click Erase.

    - Close Disk Utility

    - When the installer asks you for a location to install, choose the recently created drive. The installation will begin.

    - Once the installation completes, the system will automatically reboot.

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  • Setting up MacOS Sierra

    Setting up MacOS Sierra

    - Hurray! You’re almost there. Complete the first-boot process, by adding your Apple ID, setting time and date, keyboard choice etc.

    - Next, we’ll add support for your existing hardware using MultiBeast. Open MultiBeast from the USB drive.

    - Click on Quick Start. Now it’ll show you a bunch of audio and network hardware options. Select the appropriate hardware depending on your system.

    - Click on Customise, then add GPU drivers. Select the necessary GPU drivers.

    - Once done, hit Save. Click on Build from the options on the top, and click on Install.

    - Upon completion of installation, reboot the system.

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  • Enjoy MacOS Sierra

    Enjoy MacOS Sierra

    Your Hackintosh is ready to roll!

    Building a Hackintosh used to be a painful task, however with a new MacOS being unveiled every year, the process keeps on getting less tedious and convenient. Also, developers such as TonymacX86 have really simplified the process, by giving us great tools, and making it a really cool weekend project for PC enthusiasts as well as Mac aficionados.

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