The HaC Mini installer will install the OpenCore bootloader along with patches, configurations, and drivers for a fully working Hackintosh.
A brand new clean install is the recommended way. Existing installations may have unneeded patches/hacks that conflict with HaC Mini and cause issues. OSX "distributions" and pre-made generic installers (such as MultiBeast) are highly discouraged for any machine and especially NUC Hades Canyon because they contain many outdated and broken patches.
A Mac or another Hackintosh to prepare the installer (running at least macOS 10.14)
macOS 10.14.5+ installer (lower versions not supported)
USB flash drive with at least 16GB of storage
On another OSX machine (or another Hackintosh), download macOS Catalina or higher from the App Store.
Insert your USB drive and open up Terminal.
Open up Disk Utility to format your USB drive:
Find your USB drive in the left sidebar under External (if there are multiple sub-drives under your USB drive, select the top-most one). You may need to choose View -> Show All Devices in order to see the full disk.
Press the "Erase" button on the top toolbar.
Give the name Installer and make sure to select GUID Partition Map as the Scheme.
Press Erase, wait until it completes, and quit Disk Utility.
Open up Terminal and create the installer
Run the following command
sudo "/Applications/Install macOS Catalina.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia" --volume /Volumes/Installer and type in your password when prompted.
Wait for the process to complete. This can take around 30 minutes to an hour.
We will use the HaC Mini installer (link at top of the page) to modify the vanilla OSX installer to install HaC Mini automatically after OSX installation completes.
Make sure your OSX installer USB is inserted and open HaCMini.pkg
Continue with the install until you reach the Installation Type page.
Press Change Install Location...
Select your OSX installer USB from the list of destinations.
Make sure you do not select your booted drive or you will install HaC Mini on the computer you're currently using.
If the OSX installer USB cannot be selected, make sure the installer is for OSX 10.14.5 or later.
Press Continue and then Customize
Check Patch OSX installer if it is not disabled
If the option is disabled, make sure you selected the OSX installer USB as the destination in the previous step.
If it is still disabled, the macOS installer is not compatible. You can still proceed, however, you must follow the update section after installing macOS.
Press Install and finish the installation.
Insert your newly created USB installer into any USB slot and power on the NUC.
Press F2 to enter BIOS and in Boot -> Boot Priority, make sure your USB drive is first.
Reboot and you should boot into the OSX installer
If not, you need to get into the boot picker menu and select the installer.
The OSX installer should load.
Partition your SSD using Disk Utility. You may need to choose View -> Show All Devices in order to find your drive. You should wipe the entire drive and format it as APFS with GUID Partition Map. This will also create the EFI and Recovery partitions.
Run the installer to completion.
If the installer fails with an error message "This copy ... is damaged, and can’t be used to install macOS," check out the support page.
Installation will reboot a few times. Because USB has first boot priority, you do not have to touch anything.
If you see the boot picker after rebooting, select "macOS Installer."
After installation completes, you can remove the USB and boot from your SSD. You can revert the boot priority changes if desired.
When a macOS update is released, you should install it through normal means. Major macOS updates may not work 100% on day one and may have known issues, you should check the issues page before a major upgrade. When a new release of HaC Mini comes out, you can follow the steps below to update the drivers and patches.
Download the installer and run HaCMini.pkg
Run the installer to completion
You may wish to click Customize at the third step to install additional drivers and optional patches.
If you've selected to install Native Thunderbolt support, run Thunderbolt Patcher from Applications after rebooting and patch your Thunderbolt controller. (This only needs to be done once.)