Hackintosh Tutorial: Installing macOS Sierra from a Compressed Raw File
How to Install macOS Sierra from a Raw Bz2 File
macOS Sierra is the thirteenth major release of Apple's operating system for Mac computers. It was released in September 2016 and introduced new features such as Siri, Apple Pay, Universal Clipboard, Picture-in-Picture, Auto Unlock, Optimized Storage, etc. If you have a Mac that is compatible with macOS Sierra, you can download and install it from the App Store for free.
Install Macos Sierra Raw Bz2 Download
But what if you don't have a Mac, but a PC that you want to turn into a Hackintosh? Or what if you have a Mac that is not compatible with macOS Sierra, but you still want to try it out? In that case, you will need to download a custom image of macOS Sierra that can be installed on non-Apple hardware. One such image is available from Olarila website, which is a Brazilian Hackintosh group. The image is in raw format and compressed with b z2 file, which is a type of archive file that can be extracted with tools like 7-Zip. The image size is about 6.4 GB, so you will need a USB drive with at least 8 GB of capacity to write it to.
A bootable USB drive is a removable storage device that contains an operating system or an installer that can be loaded by the computer's firmware. It is useful for installing, repairing, or testing different operating systems without affecting the existing one. To create a bootable USB drive for macOS Sierra, you will need a tool like Win32 Disk Imager, which can write raw image files to USB drives.
In this article, I will show you how to install macOS Sierra from a raw bz2 file, using a bootable USB drive on Windows 10. This method should work for most PCs that support UEFI boot mode, but not for legacy BIOS mode. You may also need to adjust some settings and drivers depending on your hardware configuration. Please note that installing macOS Sierra on a PC is not supported by Apple and may violate their terms and conditions. Proceed at your own risk and backup your data before attempting this.
Step 1: Download the required files
The first step is to download the macOS Sierra image file from Olarila website. You can find the download link in their forum post here. You will need to register and login to access the link. The file name is Olarila HFS Series 10.12.6.raw.bz2 and it is hosted on Google Drive. You may need to use a download manager or a browser extension to resume the download if it fails or pauses.
The second step is to download Win32 Disk Imager and Pacote de Config from wikigain website. You can find the download links in their article here. Win32 Disk Imager is a tool that can write raw image files to USB drives. Pacote de Config is a folder that contains different config.plist files for Clover bootloader, which are needed to boot macOS Sierra on different PC types and graphics cards.
Step 2: Extract the macOS Sierra image file
The third step is to extract the macOS Sierra image file from the raw bz2 file. You can use 7-Zip or any other extractor that supports bz2 format to unzip the file. To do this, right-click on the file and select 7-Zip > Extract Here. The extraction process may take some time depending on your system performance.
After the extraction is done, you should see a file named Olarila HFS Series 10.12.6.raw in the same folder as the raw bz2 file. This is the macOS Sierra image file that you need to write to the USB drive. You may want to rename it to something simpler, like Install macOS Sierra.raw, for convenience.
Step 3: Write the macOS Sierra image file to the USB drive
The fourth step is to write the macOS Sierra image file to the USB drive using Win32 Disk Imager. To do this, insert your USB drive into your PC and make sure it has no important data on it, as it will be erased during the process. Then run Win32 Disk Imager as administrator by right-clicking on its icon and selecting Run as administrator.
In Win32 Disk Imager, select your USB drive from the Device drop-down menu. Then click on the folder icon next to Image File and browse and select the Install macOS Sierra.raw file that you extracted or renamed earlier. Make sure you have selected the correct drive and file before proceeding, as any mistake can result in data loss or damage to your devices.
When you are ready, click on Write and confirm by clicking Yes. The writing process may take several minutes depending on your USB drive speed and size. Do not interrupt or eject the USB drive until it is done. Step 4: Copy the appropriate config.plist file to the USB drive
The fifth step is to copy the appropriate config.plist file to the USB drive from the Pacote de Config folder that you downloaded earlier. The config.plist file is a configuration file for Clover bootloader, which is a tool that can boot macOS on non-Apple hardware. The config.plist file determines how Clover behaves and what options it shows when booting macOS.
The Pacote de Config folder contains different config.plist files for different PC types and graphics cards. You need to choose the one that matches your system specifications, otherwise you may encounter errors or issues when booting or installing macOS Sierra. To do this, open the Pacote de Config folder and select your PC type, either desktop or laptop. Then find and copy the config.plist file that matches your system graphics, either Intel, AMD or NVIDIA.
After you have copied the config.plist file, paste it to the EFI/CLOVER folder on the USB drive. You may need to replace the existing config.plist file in that folder. This will ensure that Clover can boot macOS Sierra with the correct settings for your PC.
Step 5: Boot from the USB drive and install macOS Sierra
The final step is to boot from the USB drive and install macOS Sierra on your PC. To do this, restart your PC and enter BIOS settings by pressing a key such as F2, F10, F12, Del, Esc, etc. depending on your PC model and manufacturer. You may need to consult your PC manual or website for more information.
In BIOS settings, change the boot order to boot from the USB drive first. You may also need to enable some options such as UEFI boot mode, AHCI mode, VT-x or VT-d, etc. depending on your hardware configuration. Again, you may need to consult your PC manual or website for more information.
After you have changed the BIOS settings, save and exit BIOS settings and wait for your PC to reboot. You should see the Clover boot menu on your screen, with an option to boot macOS Install from Install macOS Sierra. Select that option and press Enter to start the installation process.
Follow the on-screen instructions to install macOS Sierra on your PC. You will need to select a language, agree to the terms and conditions, choose a destination disk, customize the installation options, etc. You may also need to format your disk using Disk Utility before installing macOS Sierra. You can find more detailed instructions and screenshots here.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed macOS Sierra from a raw bz2 file using a bootable USB drive on Windows 10. You can now enjoy the features and benefits of Apple's operating system on your PC.
However, you may still need to do some post-installation tasks such as installing drivers, enabling audio, fixing network, etc. depending on your hardware configuration. You can find more information and support on websites like Olarila, tonymacx86, InsanelyMac, etc.
I hope you found this article helpful and informative. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. I would love to hear from you and help you out if I can.
Q: What are the system requirements for macOS Sierra?
A: According to Apple, you need a Mac with at least 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of available disk space, and one of these models: iMac (late 2009 or newer), MacBook (late 2009 or newer), MacBook Pro (mid-2010 or newer), MacBook Air (late-2010 or newer), Mac mini (mid-2010 or newer), Mac Pro (mid-2010 or newer).
Q: Can I install macOS Sierra on a PC that is not compatible with it?
A: Yes, you can, but you may need to use some custom kexts (drivers) and patches to make everything work properly. You can find more information and support on websites like Olarila, tonymacx86, InsanelyMac, etc.
Q: How can I update macOS Sierra to the latest version?
A: You can use the Software Update feature in System Preferences, but make sure you backup your data first. You may also need to update Clover and kexts before or after updating macOS Sierra.
Q: How can I dual-boot macOS Sierra with Windows 10?
A: You can use a tool like EasyUEFI to create an entry for Clover in your UEFI firmware Then you can use Clover to boot either macOS Sierra or Windows 10 from the same disk or different disks.
Q: How can I uninstall macOS Sierra from my PC?
A: You can use a tool like Disk Management in Windows 10 to delete the partition where macOS Sierra is installed. Then you can use a tool like EasyBCD to restore the Windows bootloader.