Can I install fresh OS on ssd (instead of cloning drive) and if so, how?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by xkmxkmxlmx, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

    CoastalOR

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    #2
    Wow, not much information. I do not know what the parameters are.
    In spirit of the post my answer is:
    Yes. Command + R, Install OS. My favorite; Create a USB installer and use that.
     
  2. xkmxkmxlmx thread starter macrumors 6502a

    xkmxkmxlmx

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    I don't know what else you want me to provide. 2014 Mac mini. I understand the physical guide. The rest is in the title. Looking for a guide or "how to" install a fresh copy of OS X on a newly installed SSD...
     
  3. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    Well this is much more information. How was I to know that you had just installed a new SSD and you wanted to install a new OS on the new blank SSD?
    What OS? Do you have no bootable internal HD drive or just a empty new SSD? Have you already installed the new SSD or are you configuring it externally and then installing it?
     
  4. BradWould macrumors 6502

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    I literally just did this 4 hours ago. I bought a Samsung Evo 850 (250gb) and installed it in my 2010 MacBook Pro.

    1. Back up all of the files on your current HDD
    2. Create a boot/installer drive on a usb drive or external hard drive. (google "create boot/installer drive mac 'insert current OS version here'" its easy.
    3. Install the new SSD in your mac. (check youtube)
    4. Plug in the usb boot/installer drive you created and turn on your mac holding down the option key.
    5. Select the boot/installer drive and when it starts up select install OS. You can also choose to use a time machine backup. Personally I went with a clean install of the OS only. I'm going to manually move my files over at my convenience.


    I had no issues, no errors, and my 6 year old Mac is running better than ever! Good Luck
     
  5. xkmxkmxlmx thread starter macrumors 6502a

    xkmxkmxlmx

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    Awesome, thank you. I actually bought the same drive (except 500gb). Seems pretty straight forward. I was mostly worried there wouldn't be a some kind of failed verification check or something in place. Thanks again!
     

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