Up­dat­ing the Hack­in­tosh to Mav­er­icks

This tues­day, Ap­ple re­leased its new ver­sion of Mac OS X called Mav­er­icks. Just a few hours later, a new ver­sion of UniBeast and Multi­Beast were re­leased on tony­macx86's web­site that al­lowed the in­stal­la­tion of Mav­er­icks on any hack­in­tosh. The cool thing with Mav­er­icks is that it can be down­loaded for free, so you don't have to pay for the op­er­at­ing sys­tem if you're build­ing a hack­in­tosh. I al­ready have built a hack­in­tosh, so I wanted to up­grade my OS from Moun­tain Lion to Mav­er­icks with­out delet­ing my ex­ist­ing user and ap­pli­ca­tion data. Do­ing that was sim­ple and took just about an hour.

1. Download and copy Mavericks

On my Hack­in­tosh, I just went to the App Store and down­loaded Mav­er­icks. This took about 20 min­utes. While Mav­er­icks was down­load­ing, I went to tony­macx86.com and down­loaded the new UniBeast 3.0.1 to copy Mav­er­icks to my USB drive. The USB drive has to be for­mat­ted in "Mac OS Ex­tended (Jour­naled)", so I opened Disk Util­ity and for­mat­ted it. This erases every­thing on the USB drive, so now we have space to copy the Mav­er­icks in­staller. When Mav­er­icks fin­ished down­load­ing, I opened UniBeast and se­lected the USB drive I just for­mat­ted. On the next page, I se­lected "Mac App Store Mav­er­icks - 10.9" and then let the in­staller do the rest. This step can take a while, de­pend­ing on how fast your USB drive is. Don't get wor­ried if the sta­tus bar does­n't do any­thing for a while. It does­n't re­ally rep­re­sent the progress. The UniBeast installer

2. Install Mavericks over your existing installation

To up­grade the ex­ist­ing OS on my hack­in­tosh, I just plugged in the USB drive with Mav­er­icks and booted to the Mav­er­icks in­staller. There, I se­lected my SSD and let it in­stall the new OS. At that point, I did­n't know if my data was go­ing to be erased, but luck­ily, it did­n't. Af­ter the in­stal­la­tion, the ad­di­tional dri­vers and tweaks that were in­stalled by Multi­Beast were erased by the in­staller, so I had to boot into Mav­er­icks with the pa­ra­me­ter "Graph­ic­sEn­abler=No". Us­ing this pa­ra­me­ter, I got into the new OS, even though some things like the eth­er­net con­nec­tion did­n't work yet. The new desktop

3. Install the needed patches and drivers

To make every­thing work again, I down­loaded Multi­Beast on an­other com­puter and in­stalled the needed patches and dri­vers. My configuration in MultiBeastAf­ter that process fin­ished, I restarted my hack­in­tosh and (tadaa) now I have the newest ver­sion of Mac OS X run­ning on it. I was very amazed about how easy it was to up­grade my hack­in­tosh. If you have any ques­tions about the up­grad­ing process, just ask me in the com­ments be­low this ar­ti­cle.