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: http://tinyurl.com/retailsnwleopard
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.
- 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.
- Type a name for your new partition and format it as MAC OS Extended (Journaled) – I have named mine as SnowLeopard in this example.
- 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”)
- 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 :).