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Authored by: barryjaylevine on Feb 11, '12 11:12:52PM

Like the original poster, I've found a number of machines that require a Snow Leopard installer higher than what may be available (since the owners of those machines have invariably lost their discs and/or have bricked their optical drives). My method (and I will freely admit this was not my original idea) is to use a disk image of a 10.6.8 working HD that has not yet been through the personalization. I "restored" this image to a few destinations—a toolkit, of sorts—a USB hard drive, FireWire HD, USB flash drive, and even a SDHC card. Then I went through the personalization with each one. Finally, I copied the original disk image (as a .dmg) to these destinations. Obviously, you need something like a 16GB flash drive or SDHC card.

I can then boot the intended "target" machine using one of these devices and use Disk Utility to restore the "virgin" 10.6.8 disk image to the machine's hard drive. With a FireWire machine, however, it's often easier to boot the target machine in target disk mode, plug it into my iMac, and do the restore from there.

As a side benefit, there are very few software updates then required.

Two things in this world aren't overrated: MacOSX and Lemon Meringue Pie.

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Authored by: agentx on Feb 13, '12 05:46:22AM

Restoring is different to Installing.
I build "Vanilla 10.6.8" unbooted images with a few extra packages tagged on using InstaDMG which get laid down on compatible hardware using Deploystudio or SIU (System image utility is sort of redundant for me now)

However if you have to do system upgrades this is a handy hint with the hardware which will not boot from 10.6 or 10.6.3 retail.

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