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How to make a console restore stick for installing Hog v3.8.0 and earlier


If you want to upgrade the console and a full install is required.

Steps to Solution


Note: This process is for installing any Hog Software version 2.0.0 (November 2013) - to 3.8.0 (Febuary 2018) 

Instructions for installing software for 3.9.0 (August 2018) or newer can be found in HERE

You will need the following

  • A 2GB or larger USB flash drive
  • Windows PC or a Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), or 10.10 (Yosemite)

Following the steps below will erase all contents on the USB flash drive.

Steps for Windows

  1. Download and install the Linux Live USB Creator application to your Windows PC. ( )
  2. Insert a 2GB or larger USB flash drive into one of your computer's USB ports.
  3. Launch the Linux Live USB Creator application.
  4. In step 1 of Linux Live select the USB flash drive that you plugged into the computer.
  5. In step 2 of Linux Live click on the ISO/IMG/ZIP button.
  6. Use the browser that pops up to select the full restore file you downloaded from the HES website.
  7. Skip step 3 of Linux Live USB creator.
  8. In step 4 of Linux Live USB creator enable the following options:
    • Hide created files on key
    • Format the key in Fat32
  9. Click on the lightning bolt in step 5 of the Linux Live USB creator.
  10. A notification will pop up warning you that your USB flash drive contents will be erased. Click okay.
  11. When Linux Live USB Creator is finished it will alert you. Remove the USB flash drive from the computer and proceed with step four of the full install procedure listed on page 1 of this document.

Steps for Mac OS X


This process does not work on Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)

  1. Download and install Unetbootin
  2. Open a terminal window on your Macintosh computer
    1. To access the terminal: Type "terminal" in the spotlight search field and click on the application "Terminal" 
  3. Insert the USB flash drive you wish to use into one of the USB slots
  4. In the terminal window, type diskutil list and hit ENTER
  5. Locate your USB flash drive in this list and type "sudo fdisk -e /dev/rdisk#" where # is the disk number of your USB flash drive and hit enter. When prompted, type in your computer password
  6. Type p and hit ENTER
  7. Type f 1 and hit ENTER. The terminal window should now read "Partition 1 marked active"
  8. Type write and hit ENTER
  9. The terminal will read "A reboot will be needed for changes to take effect. OK? [n]" Type y
    1. This will not restart your computer
  10. Type exit and hit ENTER. You can close the terminal window
  11. Start Unetbootin
  12. Select the "Disk Image" option and make sure the "ISO" is selected from the drop down menu
  13. Ensure your USB flash drive is inserted in your Macintosh computer and is selected in the drive drop down menu in Unetbootin
  14. Click on the button with the three dots (browse button) and select the Hog 4 OS full restore .ISO file that you downloaded from the Hog 4 OS page
  15. When Unetbootin, is finished it will alert you


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