How to Create a Bootable OS X Mountain Lion USB Install Key
These are instructions on how to create a bootable OS X Mountain Lion USB key.
Connect a 8GB or larger USB key to your computer then launch the Mac App Store from your dock.
Click the Purchased tab at top of the window then hold down the Option key and click the Purchased tab again.
**If you have not yet installed Mountain Lion then you can follow these instructions to buy it and begin downloading.
Press the Install button for OS X Mountain Lion and wait while the operating system downloads. If the LaunchPad appears press the Escape key.
Once the download has completed the Mac OS X Lion Installer will launch. Select Quit from the Install Mac OS X Lion to exit the installer.
Click to launch a new Finder window from your dock.
Navigate to the Applications folder and right click the new "Install OS X Mountain Lion" icon then select Show Package Contents from the contextual menu.
Double click the Contents folder.
Then double click the SharedSupport folder
Right click or 'Control' click InstallESD.dmg and select Disk Utility from the Open With menu.
Select your USB thumb drive from the list on the left and click the Partition tab.
Set the Partition Layout to 1 Partition, set the Name to 'MOUNTAINLION', set the Format to Mac OS Extended (Journaled), and then click the Options button.
Choose GUID Partition Table from the popup window then click the OK button.
Next click the Apply button to save your changes.
When asked to confirm click the Partition button.
Right click or control-click the InstallESD.dmg image from the left side of Disk Utility and choose Open Disk Image from the popup. Select the new Mac OS X Install ESD partition that appears then click the Restore tab.
Make sure the Mac OS X Install ESD is set as the Source then drag the MOUNTAINLION partition from the list on the left into the Destination field.
Click the Restore button then click the Erase button from the confirmation popup to begin building your install key.
Another popup will appear asking you to log in. Enter your administrative username and password then click OK.
When the restore is complete the OS X Mountain Lion USB Install Key will be mounted and it will be ready to use.