best way to install OSX onto SSD

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by domhoenig, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. domhoenig macrumors member

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    Hello - just ordered my mini 2.6ghz i7 with 500gb drive and a seperate SSD 256gb samsung 830.

    i ordered the upgrade kit too from ifixit.

    question...

    what is considered the easiest way to install the OSX onto the SSD drive?

    i was thinking about just cloning the internal to the SSD once installed?

    i've read that internet recovery might also be a good option?

    which do we all class as the "easiest"
     
  2. dasx macrumors 65816

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    I downloaded ML from the Apple Store and "burned" it to a bootable partition on a USB external drive. Much faster than a DVD and much more faster than an internet recovery (with my connection at least...).

    Just plug it in. Reboot, press Alt and choose the bootable partition. Then choose the new SSD as the destination. After installation you'll be done.
     
  3. domhoenig thread starter macrumors member

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    how did you "burn" it to a USB thumb drive?

    you okay to walk me through the steps?
    im guessing you booted your mac on original drive and formatted it then rebooted and installed from the thumbdrive?

    and will that definitely work with the Mini? yeah?
     
  4. pxbr, Oct 31, 2012
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  5. domhoenig thread starter macrumors member

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    sorry the first link you've provided doesn't work?

    thanks
     
  6. steveo3140 macrumors newbie

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    for those that have it...

    For those that bought an aftermarket SSD, and also have a external enclosure. You can plug the SSD by external first, then use a program called SuperDuper. I have used this little program when I took the process to switch all my mac computers to SSD's.
    Thanks,

    Steve
     
  7. dasx macrumors 65816

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    Lion Diskmaker. Amazingly simple.

    No need to boot from original drive. Just reboot and when screen goes off press and hold the Option key. A screen will show up letting you choose to boot from the USB installation partition you created with Lion Diskmaker. Choose the new drive as destination and follow the steps.
     

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