Can I install Yosemite to an external USB drive and then...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Knuckleheadz, Sep 3, 2015.

  1. Knuckleheadz macrumors member

    Knuckleheadz

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    remove the SSD from the USB caddy and install it in to my Late 2012 27" iMac?

    I plan to use my rMBP to do this.

    My SSD for my iMac arrives tomorrow but the Thermal Sensor and tape do not arrive until Monday so I wanted to get ahead of the game and install OS X to the disk, clone my existing iMac Macintosh HD over the top of it and then install it in the iMac before creating the BootCamp partition and WinClone my existing BootCamp.

    Is there any iMac specific config that comes down with the installer?

    Thanks
    Jon
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

    keysofanxiety

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    Yes, you can.

    Plug in your SSD in a USB SATA dock. Hold CMD+R on startup to boot into the recovery OS. Open Disk Utility. Format your SSD as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Close Disk Utility. Click 'Install OS X'. Set it to install to your USB SSD (it'll be an orange icon as it's detected as an external drive). :)
     
  3. Knuckleheadz thread starter macrumors member

    Knuckleheadz

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    awesome.. thanks keysofanxiety :)

    gives me something to do tonight
     

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