Section 2: Install Mac OS X Using Chameleon Only

Part 1: Mac OS X 10.8

1. Install Mac OS X onto the Fusion Disk using the standard install method.

2. Once the system is restarted after installation the HDD/SSD’s that Mac OS X was installed to will not appear when you boot into the USB. This is normal.

3. Boot back into the USB installer.

4. Install over your current install and do not reformat the drive.

5. The install will immediately fail and this is normal:

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6. Restart.

7. Boot into the USB installer again.

8. The HDD/SSD that Mac OS X will now appear when you boot into the USB.

9. Select one of the HDD/SSD to boot to.

10. It will say cannot find kernel and then return to the bootloader menu.

11. Boot into the USB installer again.

12. It will now boot into the Mac OS X installation that you made instead of the USB installer. Please do not ask me why.

13. Continue to Section 3.

Part 2: Mac OS X 10.9 or Higher

1. Install Mac OS X as per my guide here onto a standalone drive.

2. Boot back into the USB Installer drive.

3. Go to Utilities/Disk Utility:

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4. Click on the standalone drive:

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5. Click on the Restore tab located on the upper right:

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6. Drag the Fusion Drive Macintosh HD drive into Destination:

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7. Click Restore located on the lower right:

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8. Wait until the process is complete as this may take some time.

9. Restart.

10. Boot into the USB installer again.

11. The HDD/SSD that Mac OS X will now appear when you boot into the USB.

12. Select one of the HDD/SSD to boot to.

13. It will say cannot find kernel and then return to the bootloader menu.

14. Boot into the USB installer again

15. It will now boot into the Mac OS X installation that you made instead of the USB installer. Please do not ask me why.

16. Continue to Section 3.

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26 Comments on "Fusion Drive"

  1. But what it must be chosen in Clover GUI to boot from after restart (step 17)? I have partitions Recovery HD, Boot OS X, Clover EFI, system doesn’t boot from any of these after i did all things in this guide?

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  2. When I do step 13 I get the following error: -69780: Unable to create a new CoreStorage Logical Volume.

    I did everything just as explained. There is no operating system on either of the volumes nore on a third volume. Is that what I’m doing wrong?

    I tried putting the UDID by copying and manualy typing it in. Both ways failed.

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  3. Hey here is a Dropbox link with the picture in it.

    I first tried it on Wednesday but it didn’t work. Then I tried it yesterday with the same command and it worked. But since I screwed up something else in post installation I deleted it. After trying it again with exact the same command I still wasn’t able to get it to work. I’m so depressed.

    When I do the first command: diskutil cs create “Fusion Drive” disk0 disk1 I get an error saying that the disked wasn’t able to unmount. When I do it again it works.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sl2ut945agx0aet/AACdfTn9OAl6TEXzXOGNQLjfa?dl=0

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  4. I’m having one more problem here :S
    When I put in the command: cp -R Extra /Volumes/”Boot OS X”
    I get ab Error that says : co: /Volumes/”Boot OS X”: Not a directory

    This error appears like at least 25 times in a row when I just hit enter once.

    Everything before that worked just fine.

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    • Why are you not using clover may I ask?

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      • I will try with clover again now. But the first time I tried it i just got to the boot screen of clover and that was it. When I tried to get into the part where I have to install Mac OS X I always got an black screen without anything loading.
        I’m setting the USB drive up by using my MacBook Pro.

        Is there any chance to get in touch with you?
        This way it usually takes to long to comunicate. I’d be very happy 🙂

        I’ve had an working Setup before I bought a new CPU, Mainbaord and DRAM.

        I’ve bought a Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 Mainboard with an Intel 2400 CPU.

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  5. I keep getting a boot0:error
    I followed your process correctly.

    Any thoughts?

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  6. Ok, I did everything as you described.
    I can boot into Mac OS X Yosemite now. But only by using the Clover USB Drive.
    I followed the Part 2 of this section as you told me to use Clover instead of Chameleon.

    This is what I get when trying to boot without Clover USB:

    “Reboot and Select proper boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key”

    I checked the EFI Volumes of the SSD and HDD and both have entries with Clover in them. Both are with the kexts I needed to install.

    In my BIOS Settings I can’t change the Secure Boot Setting or CSM as I am not able to find anything like that. I have checked everything.

    I am using a ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 Motherboard which is an UEFI motherboard.

    In the section “Boot” I can change the following things:

    PCI Rom Priority : EFI Compatible Rom and Legacy ROM

    Option ROM Messages: Force BIOS and Keep Current

    Boot Option Priorities: Boot Option #1 P3: SSD, #2 UEFI: Clover USB (if plugged in)
    Hard Drive BBS Priorities: SSD and HDD (USB if plugged in)

    Further I can change the SATA configuration which is currently set to AHCI, I can choose between DISABLED, IDE, AHCI and RAID. I have not tried to change any of these.

    I will provide some pictures in a Dropbox link as I hope you are able to help me please

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  7. No more comments from me 😀

    You forgot to mention one thing in your tutorial though.

    I had to go into Clover with the Stick and in Clover Boot Options I had to select: “Add Clover boot options for all entries”

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  8. So I am assuming any time I make further changes to the EFI partition on one drive… I have to copy those changes to another drive?

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    • Not quite. We have you do the install to both drives. However your Motherboard does not care. What ever your boot drive is you can make the changes to only that drive and leave the other one stock as a safe backup. Up to you what you want to do. I wish it was easier then this but it is what it is.

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  9. Hello Andrew,
    I’m trying to get Clover to boot a striped RAID, which is similar to this, but it won’t boot without the installer usb stick in place.
    What is this ESP volume that is being mounted in Step 4?

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  10. When I get to the Clover install and try to make the dir I get mkdir: /Volumes/EFI: Permission denied

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