Make an macOS 10.12 Sierra USB Install Stick

There are several different ways to do a clean macOS 10.12 Sierra installation. One of simplest and easiest ways is to install via a USB stick.You don’t need to buy a special USB stick nor do you have to purchase a special program to make an macOS 10.12 Sierra USB Install Stick. Creating a USB…

Fully Format Drive in Windows

Formatting a drive in Windows is normally done through some version of Disk Management. However, sometime you will run into a hard drive or USB stick that has partitions that you cannot delete from the Disk Management tools. To fully format a drive in Windows 7/8/2008/2012, we need to launch the command line Run cmd.exe as an…

Create a Windows 8.1 USB Install stick for any Mac

If you have a Mac that doesn’t have an optical drive, Apple has modified the Boot Camp Assistant to help create a USB stick that can boot up the Windows 8.1 (or Windows 7) installer. This option is only available on select MacOS X computers– mostly ones without a USB drive; however, you can modify Boot Camp…

Create a Dual Boot MacOS X Install USB Stick

When cleaning up older MacOS X computers, I still find myself installing MacOS X 10.8 in special situations. However, most days it’s 10.9 as the normal MacOS X version. To make my life easier I start off with a 16GB USB stick. In order to create a Dual Boot MacOS X Install USB Stick, I  partition the USB stick into…

Install pfSense 2.1 from a USB Stick

I love USB installers (aka USB install sticks). The are easy to use and carry. You have a dozen OS and appliance installs in your toolkit for less than $100. I like to install pfSense 2.1 from a USB Stick. Most of the time, they are easy to create and to keep up to date. Microsoft…