Installation Nightmare

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by mizzoucat, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    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?
     
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    iwan073

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    It took me quite long too, but not 6 hours.

    Just keep it going. Who knows...
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    And you used an external DVD drive?
     
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    eagandale4114

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    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.
     
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    iwan073

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    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?
     
  6. macrumors 68020

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    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.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

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    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.
     

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