How to install Snow Leopard if it’s not yet out in your country!

by Rohit on August 30, 2009

Over the last two weeks the only thing on my mind has been Snow Leopard. The purchase decision was a no-brainer since it’s priced at a meagre $29. However, my dream of enjoying the new OS  was shattered on the 28th of August as Apple decided to release it only in certain countries. I am most of the time in UK and spend a few months in India. Unfortunately, I am in India right now and the next generation Leopard isn’t yet available. Out of desperation, I started thinking about other alternatives and finally downloaded the 10A432 build which was designated the ‘Gold Master’ status meaning it’s the same thing that you get on a retail edition.

If like me you are very eager to try out the new Snow Leopard, I have the perfect solution for you. I will provide you different links from where you can download the RETAIL version of Mac OSX Snow Leopard and also explain how to install it. However, it’s my sincere request to you guys, please buy the OS once it’s out in your country.

1) Download Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Retail
You will find rapidshare and megaupload links for Snow Leopard here:

2) Unrar the downloaded files
You will need stuffit deluxe or other unarchiver to extract the installation file.If you are using stuffit deluxe just select the first part of the rar files and click on extract from the stuffit menu. Once done you will find an image “Mac OS X install DVD.dmg” or something similar to that.

3)Install Snow Leopard
There are two ways of doing this. Either burn the image on a Dual layer DVD or create a bootable external usb hard drive. The Dual layer DVD is pretty straight forward so I will go in detail about how to install using bootable USB HDD. (Let me know if you need any help with the installation using DVD)

STEPS for installing Mac Os X 10.6 Snow Leopard using bootable USB hard drive

  • Mount your external usb hard drive (Minimum 8 GB).
  • Go to Applications, select System Preferences and then click on Disk utility. (Or go to spotlight search Disk utility and click on it).
  • Select your external USB drive and click on the partition tab.
Snow Leopard step 1

Snow Leopard step 1

  • Select partition 1 from the volume information drop down list.
  • You will find an options button right in the middle of the window. Click on it and choose GUID Partition table. Once done click OK.
Snow Leopard step 2

Snow Leopard step 2

  • Type a name for your new partition and format it as  MAC OS Extended (Journaled) – I have named mine as SnowLeopard in this example.
Snow Leopard step 3

Snow Leopard step 3

  • Click Apply to allow disk utility to format/partition your external hard drive.
  • Next you need to restore the dmg file that you downloaded to the new partition on your external hard drive. To do this, select the new partition (In this example SnowLeopard is the new partition) and click on restore.
  • Once this is done select the image i.e the dmg file that you downloaded in the first step. (In this case the image name is “Mac OS X Install DVD.dmg”)
Snow Leopard step 4

Snow Leopard step 4

  • Drag the new partition(SnowLeopard partition in our example) from the left hand column to the destination box in the right column.
  • Once this is done, click the restore button.

(Note if you get a IMAGESCAN error while restoring, all you need to do is select your new partition and from the top menu of the disk utility, click on images and then select Scan image for restore.)

  • After Disk Utility is done restoring the image onto the new partition on your external hdd, restart the mac and hold option key to go to the boot menu.
  • From the boot menu select the external hard drive and install the Snow Leopard.
  • Snow leopard will install without deleting your previous files and applications.
  • Congrats your mac now has the next generation OS- Snow Leopard installed on it. Take it on a ride :).

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike August 30, 2009 at 9:41 am

I don’t have rapidshare or megaupload account… any chance of providing links!??
Thanks :)

Rohit August 30, 2009 at 9:52 am

U mean links right? Click on the link below and you will find the links of Snow Leopard retail edition

THE Dude August 31, 2009 at 12:29 am

Was wondering, is the retail version build 10A432, the rumored Gold Master?

Rohit August 31, 2009 at 7:29 am

Yeah u r right.. The 10A432 build is the rumoured Gold Master edition. Macrumours confirmed the news a few days ago. By the way the retail copy available in the US is nothing but the Gold Master edition.

WeGeekedUp August 31, 2009 at 11:06 pm

We have a retail copy on our website:

WeGeekedUp September 1, 2009 at 1:01 am

Thanks for the Instructions they worked Perfect!

Rohit September 1, 2009 at 8:21 am

@wegeekedup Thanks for the additional links!

WeGeekedUp September 2, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Hey No problem

GalNamedMal September 4, 2009 at 12:10 am

I followed all these steps, but when I tried to restore it, I got an error message (“An error (16) occurred while copying. [Resource busy]“)

What does this mean? Do I have to download a different torrent? Is this one corrupted, or would there be any other reasons it’s saying that? Eeek, I’m having so much trouble with this! Oh yes and I am upgrading from Tiger, but I’ve been told that shouldn’t matter. It takes so long to download so I really hope I don’t have to download another one after all this :(

Rohit September 4, 2009 at 5:40 am

@galnamedmal Do you own a Intel-based mac? If your mac is a PowerPC then am afraid you wont be able to use Snow Leopard as its meant for Intel-only.

On the other hand if you own a Intel-based mac and still get the resource busy error. Here is the solution:

GalNamedMal September 8, 2009 at 12:56 am

Hey, so I guess I had a corrupt file and that’s why it wasn’t working, so I went back and downloaded a different file and it all worked out okay in the end! Thanks for your help. this step-by-step guide helped me so much and I couldn’t have done it without it!!! :)

Rohit September 8, 2009 at 2:28 pm

@galnamedmal cheers!!! Glad it finally worked for ya :).

ItsNotReallyMe September 27, 2009 at 10:35 pm

Hey im just wondering if 10A432 is the retail version how the *&@$ is it the gold master?

Rohit September 28, 2009 at 5:02 am

@ItsNotReallyMe In the post, I have explained that I installed 10A432 Gold Master edition since I was too eager to try it out. However, I have provided links to the RETAIL VERSION for the readers of my blog. So when you follow the above tutorial you are downloading and installing the RETAIL VERSION and not the 10A432 GOLD MASTER edition of Snow Leopard

JP April 11, 2012 at 10:25 am

if i allow disk utility to format/partition your external hard drive. is that mean it will erase everything in my external harddrive?

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