6 minutes to install Mac OS X 10.6 on iMac!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by loiphin, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. loiphin, Mar 16, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2011

    loiphin macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2009
    Hi all,

    I recently upgraded my iMac 27" (late 2009) to SSD + HDD. Unfortunately I had to lose the optical drive, but thats no big deal.

    Decided to do a nice clean install, and figured I should try out the Mac OS X Remote Install feature normally reserved for Macbook Airs. I was going to use an external USB DVD Drive but glad I didn't.

    Well after selecting what I wanted installed (I did remove the printer drivers), it took just 6 minutes to install Mac OS X 10.6 onto my iMac. I used an old Macbook Pro which had a .dmg image of 10.6 and ran it at 1 Gig Ethernet. Throughput on the network was around 30MB/sec for most of the install. Way way faster than using the crappy DVD install method.

    In future I think I will only install Mac OS X this way. Far less hassle and 10.6/10.7 images can reside on my NAS box.

    As long as you use 1Gig Ethernet you should get comparable speeds. The SSD doesn't factor into this because HDD's can easily do 30MB/sec.

  2. Lone Deranger macrumors 68000

    Lone Deranger

    Apr 23, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    That's great. Another reason why those crap optical drives should be ditched in favour of better, more modern alternatives.
  3. Paulywauly macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    Durham, UK
    wow! set it off, go the loo and when you come back its done! :D

    correction - Loo (british slang for Toilet) for those who dont know!
  4. Alexjungle macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2007
    That's fast! It took 5 hours to install 10.6 on my G3.
  5. whoda macrumors member


    Aug 6, 2010
    10.6 on a non Intel machine?
  6. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2010
    Colorado, USA
    That's great!
    Personally, a FireWire 800 Install from a restore image takes around 15 minutes for me.
    The optical drive is getting old, or we need faster reading drives. The only issue I can see is it spins the disc so fast that the disc falls apart. :eek:
  7. mr.steevo macrumors 65816


    Jul 21, 2004
    He was re-writing the code to PPC while installing. That's why it took so long.
  8. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Optical media can spin up to 2,000rpm before it explodes. The typical 52x speed drive is about 100rpm.

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