21.5" 2011 iMac SSD + HDD Question

Discussion in 'iMac' started by moneyman118, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. moneyman118 macrumors 6502

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    I have everything I need a new (refurbished) 2011 iMac, 128GB Crucial M4 SSD, 2TB Seagate Barracuda drive. My only question is How do I get the OS on to the new drives once they're in the iMac?
     
  2. melbri macrumors member

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    Just do a Google search for "create ML boot drive". You can use a USB thumb drive or DVD or just use carbon copy cloner.
     
  3. moneyman118 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Are the drives formatted? When I turn on the computer and OS isnt on the HD how do I move the file over? I have it on an external hd.
     
  4. melbri macrumors member

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    Open Disc utility, you should see your drives there. Go to erase and select Mac OS X Extended (I think it is set by default), hit erase. Takes a minute or two.

    Insert your thumb drive, restart your mac while holding "option", then select the thumb drive and go from there.
     

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