How long did it take to install Snow Leopard on your mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by shergill, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. shergill macrumors member

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    On my Intel mac mini (march 2009), it took about 2 hours to install Snow Leopard. The whole time the CD drive was making some weird noises too. Wonder if I somehow messed it up when upgrading the ram :(
     
  2. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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  3. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Yep about 50 minutes are so. Went by really quick.
     
  4. willcodejavafor macrumors regular

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    :)
     
  5. dubhe macrumors 65816

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    About an hour for my erase and install. The time bar was out throughout though, I think it said 32 minutes remaining for most of the install process...
     
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  7. maghemi macrumors 6502

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    Mine took about 20 minutes for a fresh install from a USB stick.
     
  8. srexy macrumors 6502a

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    Did you make an iso, or just copy files? This sounds like the way to go...
     
  9. calderone macrumors 68040

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    You can't install from an ISO (or DMG) directly. You have to restore it to a drive. (Although there is supposed to be a disc image boot capability in SL).

    Take an image of the DVD, scan image for restore, restore image to drive of choice.
     
  10. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    yeah mine went by in about that same time frame. maybe an hour over 8GB flash drive.

    if you don't know how to do it there are many guides on google and many guides here on MR.
     
  11. maghemi macrumors 6502

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    If you're only doing it on one machine then no this isn't the way to go.

    First up you have to create an image of the SL install disc. Then you have to scan the image for restore. Then you have to restore it to the USB drive.

    That whole process will take you a little over an hour. In which time you could have just installed snow leopard using the dvd.

    The reason I did it was because I have 5 machines scattered about the place. One of which has a dodgy dvd drive presently which didn't like the SL dvd. So it kind of made sense for me. The install on my Pro was around the same amount of time. Maybe marginally quicker.
     
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  13. rkdiddy macrumors 65816

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    Same for me - mine seemed like it was stuck on 32 minutes and then 28 minutes forever.

    Unfortunately, I'm going to need to reinstall - I'm having troubles with me CS3 suite.
     
  14. Freeþinker macrumors member

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    Mac Pro (Desktops) no faster

    My Mac Pro Quad-Core 2.66 MHz took no less time than it took for you mini owners. Who knows why? I have a large disk drive that's not nearly full. That should have left plenty of room for optimization.
     
  15. runningman17 macrumors newbie

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    I have an iMac and this thing has been a nightmare to install. I had to upgrade from OS X 10.4.11. The Apple people told me no problem, buy the $29 disc and its cake. Well the disc kept prompting me to restart every time. Then after an hour on the phone with tech support I was able to get it going. So now I sit here 5 hours later with the install telling me:

    12 minutes remaining. I'm tempted to turn the computer off but dont want to risk anything.
     
  16. Stan Mikulenka macrumors 6502

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    Took me about 30 minutes (from DVD, SSD HD).
    But I don't install everything, also.
     
  17. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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    dont have a mini...but this is what i do for my ibook

    -boot dvd
    -using disk utility make two partitions (second partition about 5 gigs)
    -install (i prefer custom install leaving out items i know i wouldn't use)
    -once in osx update update update
    -install program carbon copy
    -make a image and place on second partition

    now in future if you ever have to do clean install just use disk utility to restore from image on second partition (will install very fast and be updated and ready to go)
     
  18. grover3sharp macrumors newbie

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    Whenever I install, it takes at least 45 minutes. Sometime noise gets created.
     
  19. Krafty macrumors 601

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    35 minutes from USB on my previous Mac Mini C2D 2Ghz.
     
  20. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    Around half an hour, going from the DVD to a 7200RPM HDD. Early 2009 mini here.
     
  21. chris98vf macrumors regular

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    Keep a small 8GB partition on an external drive and it will take about 30 minutes over USB 2.0, 25 over FireWire 400 and under 20 on FW 800. It's the 1st thing I do whenever I get a new Mac. I make an image of the install disk because the 1st time I had to format and reload a mac it took hours!!!
     

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