The Instructional:

An external hard drive containing a bootable copy of OS X is probably the most important tool for any Mac technician to have. Whether you’re trying to troubleshoot a failed software update or need to install Mavericks onto hundreds of Macs, an external hard drive loaded with OS X can be just what you need to perform whatever software task might be needed.

Serving as an epilogue to our series Disk Management from the Command-Line, we’ll explore how to build an external boot drive and automate the process if multiple drives are needed.

Over at The Instructional, I demonstrate how to create a multi-purpose OS X installation and troubleshooting drive – as well as how to automate its creation with a shell script.

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