DiskMaker X 5 – Review

DiskMaker X 5
Publisher: DiskMaker
MSRP: Donationware

I find myself lamenting the passing of the Mac OS install disk. It provided me with peace of mind knowing that I could boot from that disk if something went horribly wrong on my internal drive. I researched how to make a bootable USB thumb drive to replace the optical disks of yesteryear. Finding the instructions was easy enough, but upon reading through the procedure, I found that the amount of dealing the the built in UNIX terminal exceeded my comfort level. A little more digging turned up DiskMaker X.

DiskMaker X puts a graphical interface over the terminal commands needed to produce the bootable drive. Armed with this donationware and a few new high quality 8 GB Secure Digital cards I was able to create bootable drives for Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, and El Capitan. I am now ready to upgrade or repair the OS on my Macs or those of my friends and family.


The road to this Mac OS X nirvana did have a few bumps in it. I first installed DiskMaker X version 5.0.2. I was unable to get this version to make the installers that I desired. Rather than repeated hitting my head against the wall, I set it aside for another day. A few days later I searched again for a graphical solution to my desire to make bootable OS disks. I learned that DiskMaker just published a update to version 5.0.3. A download of this newer version proved to be just what I was seeking. In short order my drives were complete and ready for use. I encourage donations to this developer upon completion of your install disks.

MyMac.com Review Rating: 9 out of 10

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About Bob Wood

I am a nearly life long photographer now doing commercial as well as fine art work. I have almost 20 years as a Mac User Group officer and enjoy the people and imparting help and knowledge to our members. There is nothing like seeing the light go on in the eyes of your, Mac or Photography students.

2 thoughts on “DiskMaker X 5 – Review

  1. I am sorry that it gave you a slow response time. This would seem to be a problem outside of DiskMaker’s ability to control. It is my understanding that all that DiskMaker is doing is placing a graphical interface on the commands built into Mac OS X.

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