Formatting an SSD Drive

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ag55, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. ag55 macrumors regular

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    Im on holiday right now and taking advantage of the currency exchange rate. Anyway i have this problem...

    I want to install an SSD into my mac mini, the SSD does not come pre-formatted into mac's format type (i think its gui extended or something similar).

    How can i format this drive in mac format without a mac, all i have is my windows laptop and i dont know if it can format a drive for mac.

    I have my mini but it only supports 1 hdd
    so if i install the ssd first, how do i boot from install dvd?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Hold C while booting and it will boot from disc. Then from top bar, select Utilities -> Disk Utility -> Format it to Mac OS X (Journaled, I guess).

    I'm not sure but I guess that if you just select install it will fromat it to HFS+ automatically
     
  3. ag55 thread starter macrumors regular

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    i only have a bluetooth di novo edge, will it pair up while booting or do i need to find my old dell usb keyboard?
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I'm not sure but try with bluetooth one and if it fails, find your USB one.
     
  5. ag55 thread starter macrumors regular

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    never mind, it wasnt usb it was ps/2 :eek:
     
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    It must be old then :D

    I just looked from Finnish reseller and cheapest USB keyboards are about 10€ so get one of those or borrow one from your friend
     

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