Clover Boot Disk – Create macOS High Sierra bootable USB from Windows

Clover Boot Disk includes tools and partition images to help you create macOS High Sierra bootable USB from Windows in just a few clicks.

Introduce

As instructed here, I have successfully created a macOS High Sierra bootable USB from macOS. Then I thought I should back up the partition of the macOS installer and share it with everyone who wants to use it from Windows.

I have created two partition image files, the first is Clover Bootloader and the second one is macOS installer.  The only thing you need to do is use Partition Image Mapper to use these two files as two real partitions on your USB.

Clover Boot Disk is the name after you have a USB bootable via Clover. I have not tested on the official MAC. It works for Hackintosh machines. Clover Boot Disk supports both Legacy BIOS and UEFI modes, because Clover supports both modes.

This article does not instruct you to use Clover Bootloader, as well as install macOS. You need to study for your own.

Clover Boot Disk

Download

Clover Boot Disk includes 3 files:

  • Clover.img
    This is the partition image of Clover Bootloader. It allows you to boot into Clover in both UEFI and Legacy modes.
  • OSX_10.13.2_Installer.hfs
    This is a partition image of the macOS High Sierra installer.
  • PartIMGMapper.exe
    Partition Image Mapper helps you to use the two partition images above as two real partitions on the USB.

Download all files at:

How to?

Once downloaded, we will use the Partition Image Mapper as the steps below. This tool is part of AIO Boot.

  1. Format the USB drive to NTFS. Because FAT32 can not contain files larger than 4GB. Skip this step if you are using NTFS.
  2. Create the folder /AIO/File/PartIMG on the USB drive and copy the Clover.img and OSX_10.13.2_Installer.hfs files to this folder.
  3. Run PartIMGMapper.exe
    Create macOS Sierra bootable USB from Windows

    1. Select Clover.img in row 1.
    2. Select OSX_10.13.2_Installer.hfs in row 2. You need to select HFS/HFS+ under Type.
    3. Select the Clover box under Install MBR if you want to boot Clover in Legacy mode.
  4. Click MAP button.
  5. The tool will back up the partition table information for later restoration. The file has .MBR extension in the same directory as PartIMGMapper.exe.
  6. Once used, run PartIMGMapper.exe, click UNMAP and select the previously backed up MBR file. All data and partitions will be restored as before.

PartIMG Mapper

PartIMG Mapper has the same features as Partition Image Mapper, but it runs directly on Grub2 and Grub4dos without Windows.

Clover do not allow overlapping partitions. This means that the beginning of this partition is part of another partition. To fix this, just delete the partition where you are putting the Clover.img and OSX_10.13.2_Installer.hfs files above.

Clover Boot Disk Creator

Some users have reported that they experience an error when using Partition Image Mapper. If you also encounter errors, you can Clover Boot Disk Creator tool. However, your USB will lose all data, only use this tool if the Partition Image Mapper does not work.

Clover Boot Disk Creator

  1. Clover: Select the Clover.img file.
  2. OSX: Selects the OSX_10.13.2_Installer.hfs file.
  3. Target Disk: Select your USB.
  4. Click OK.

Good luck!

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  • Stefan Kot

    Im getting an unspecified error when selecting a file, what can I do?

    • Hi, try defragmenting the file first.

      • lemonadez

        Cannot defrag the file on USB 8GB. Because the size is too big.

        • Hi, try re-formatting the USB and copying the files.

          • lemonadez

            Did reformat USB twice and then try exFat too. but everytime i copy the files over usb it become fragmented. anyway i manage to do it on 16GB. but yea it didnt support AMD Phenom II 560 Cpu. I had Snow Lion on it before. but for now i will just use elementary os.

  • devdevadev

    Sorry but ‘CloverBootDisk’ does not seems to work in Real Macbook 13..Apple logo freezes for unlimited time…

  • Alen Toma

    Hi… really cool on what you did. but now i have a problem. i cant install anything on my mac becouse its formated. and im trying to configer my USB using this Method on PC(Windows 10)

    The problem is that i cant run PartIMGMapper on pc it says “No device are supported”.

    Did i miss something or its simple cant work on pc? if so is there another way to do it ?

    • It only supports removable devices like USB.

      • Alen Toma

        ok thx i see that now 🙂

        • Alen Toma

          is it alright to explain what i should do on Mac to ?
          i mean i go to ultizdisk and click on restore to the internal hard drive and thats it ?

        • Alen Toma

          Im getting an error when selecting a file PartIMG Mapper, unknown error accord contact admin for more information?
          and here is the log
          12/30/1899 6:55:37 AM – 100005 – Windows 10 (Version 10.0, Build 16299, 64-bit Edition)
          dose not mean anything to me if you ask 😉

          • Hi, thank you

            Try to clean your USB first: https://github.com/nguyentumine/AIO-Boot/issues/15#issuecomment-317411645
            Get Disk Number in Disk Management.

          • Alen Toma

            yepp just restarted the pc and all worked out for some reason many thx for the fast reply

          • Alen Toma

            Here is another problem. im using 8 GB USB. when selecting Clover in PartIMG Mapper No problem but when i select OSX_10.13.1_Installer.hfs i get some error that that i should defraggler, tried that but nothing work.

            here to there is no logs

    • atamoro

      USE USB 2.0 port , not USB 3.0

  • Alen Toma

    the screen just freeze when i click on install from clover. it stay on mac icon forever

    • You install on a Mac or PC?

      • Pawan Kumar

        i tried to install on PC as hackintosh, its stuck at apple logo

  • RuThaN

    I also get error message when i select img files – there is message pleas contact author.. but there are not any contact informations..

    I would be nice at least add link to check if utility is last version.

    What make not sense from me it that image should be on same flash drive, where partiition should be created, why is not possible restore image from HDD to USB?

  • Checker

    I received this error when use Clover Boot Disk Creator.
    —————————
    Error
    —————————
    Error, please contact to author for support!

    Access is denied

    Error code: 10007
    —————————
    OK
    —————————

    Please check help me.

    • Please close all applications that are locking the USB drive.
      Try rebooting and running the program again.

  • Gustavo

    I’m getting “Maybe this file has been fragmented, use Defraggler t defrag and try again.” when I try to follow step 3.2 (Select OSX_10.13.1_Installer.hfs in row 2.). I already deefragged the USB stick, the file, everything, but the error persists.
    Can anyone help me out?
    Everything until then worked just fine.

    • Hi, try Clover Boot Disk Creator.

      • Gustavo

        Sorry, but is there a link to download it? I couldn’t find it.

          • Gustavo

            Thank you very much, everything worked fine now.

          • Can you install it?

          • Gustavo

            Yes, I did the whole process and it worked fine. Thank you

          • Markus Peter

            Which version did you download?
            For me, 10.13.2 shows that the osinstall is missing and 10.12.6 doesn’t even boot

          • Gustavo

            I downloaded the 10.12.6, you need to make sure that your system has compatibility also.

  • Messij

    the instalation blocked and say that : the path /system/installation/OSinstall.mpkg is not her.
    Any idea ?

    • Sorry but I don’t know how to solve this problem.

      • Marcel Bachmann

        i have the same problem. have you ver. 10.13.2 now?

        • You can try v10.12.6.
          macOS 10.13.2 is available on Mega.

          • Markus

            Hey, I’m also getting the same error on 10.13.2.
            Any news?

          • nabeelmoeen79

            same problem here 🙁

  • Gianluca Melis

    i get this error at boot:

    “The path /System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg appears to be missing or damaged. Quit the installer to restart your computer and try again.”