Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Systems and Services > OS X > OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Jul 29, 2012, 06:28 PM   #1
mizzoucat
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Installation Nightmare

Ok, I'm currently in the process of upgrading my mid 2011 Mac mini to Mountain Lion. I wanted to do a clean install but I didn't have any big enough USB drives so I decided to go the DVD route using an Amazon branded USB external drive. It's now been over 6 hours and the installation still isn't done! Is this normal?
__________________
Mac mini Base (Mid-2011) upgraded to 8 GB RAM; iPhone 4S 16 GB Black; iPad (3rd Generation) 16 GB Black; Apple TV (2012)
mizzoucat is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 29, 2012, 06:32 PM   #2
iwan073
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Holland
It took me quite long too, but not 6 hours.

Just keep it going. Who knows...
__________________
 21.5" iMac Intel Core i5 @ 2.5GHz, 12GB RAM, 500GB HDD
 iPhone 5S 16GB Silver
 iPad Air Wi-Fi 16GB Silver
iwan073 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 29, 2012, 06:34 PM   #3
mizzoucat
Thread Starter
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Quote:
Originally Posted by iwan073 View Post
It took me quite long too, but not 6 hours.

Just keep it going. Who knows...
And you used an external DVD drive?
__________________
Mac mini Base (Mid-2011) upgraded to 8 GB RAM; iPhone 4S 16 GB Black; iPad (3rd Generation) 16 GB Black; Apple TV (2012)
mizzoucat is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 29, 2012, 06:46 PM   #4
eagandale4114
macrumors 6502a
 
eagandale4114's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by mizzoucat View Post
Ok, I'm currently in the process of upgrading my mid 2011 Mac mini to Mountain Lion. I wanted to do a clean install but I didn't have any big enough USB drives so I decided to go the DVD route using an Amazon branded USB external drive. It's now been over 6 hours and the installation still isn't done! Is this normal?
The speed of external is why i didnt use one. You could have created a temporary partition on your HDD, copied the installer over there, and booted from there. It would have been way faster.
__________________
*GUIDE* High resolution Youtube videos and Safari.
Early 2011 MacBook Pro 17" with antiglare & iPhone 4s 32GB Sprint
PS3 & PS Vita
eagandale4114 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 29, 2012, 06:58 PM   #5
iwan073
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Holland
Quote:
Originally Posted by mizzoucat View Post
And you used an external DVD drive?
No I didn't.
I know USB is pretty slow. But 6 hours?

Can't you still create a partition and do it the way eagandale4114 said?
__________________
 21.5" iMac Intel Core i5 @ 2.5GHz, 12GB RAM, 500GB HDD
 iPhone 5S 16GB Silver
 iPad Air Wi-Fi 16GB Silver
iwan073 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 29, 2012, 07:51 PM   #6
robgendreau
macrumors 68000
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Did you just copy the installer there? If so, it will take a long time. It's like the internet recovery option I imagine. Not the best way to install ML, as you're seeing, but handy in an emergency.
robgendreau is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 29, 2012, 10:20 PM   #7
mizzoucat
Thread Starter
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Ok, I created an 8gb partition on my hard drive and copied the image. Holy smokes, I was done in 15 minutes. Why is the external DVD route so sllloooowww? After 7 hours, it finally threw up an error and didn't complete the installation.
__________________
Mac mini Base (Mid-2011) upgraded to 8 GB RAM; iPhone 4S 16 GB Black; iPad (3rd Generation) 16 GB Black; Apple TV (2012)
mizzoucat is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Systems and Services > OS X > OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:41 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC