How to install Lion onto new SSD on the new 2011 mac mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by AppleMactablet, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. AppleMactablet macrumors regular


    Jan 25, 2010
    I just bought all the parts and plan on installing a OWC SSD into my new mac mini-I have an older mac mini running lion currently-how would I go about installing lion into that new ssd going into my new 2011 mac mini?

    Any help is helpful.
  2. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Either take out the original HDD from the new mini, attach both the HDD and SSD to your old Mini (use something like this) and clone the HDD to the SSD using something like Superduper or Carbon Copy Cloner, then install SSD into new Mini, or...

    Install the SSD and then use Lion internet recovery.
  3. AppleMactablet thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 25, 2010
    I thought this might work what do ya think?
    boot up my new mac
    backup up new mac stuff to time machine with ext. drive
    install sdd
    then restore with ext drive

    what ya think?
  4. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040


    May 20, 2010
    Boulder, CO
    Attach the SSD to the Mini with a SATA-USB adapter. Then open CCC and clone the internal drive to the SSD. Then take apart the Mini, swap drives, and boot up normally. :)
  5. djc6 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    I thought the new mac mini supported 'Internet Recovery' (bottom of the page):

    Just pop in the new HD, and it would download/install the OS over your network connection?
  6. manicwinter macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2011
    That's all I did on mine - I put in my SSD and held down command-R and it worked fine.
  7. christophermdia macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2008
    Carbon Copy Cloner worked for me with a new hard drive I installed...I also tried the restore function as well and it worked just fine, just need to reinstall everything....
  8. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    I install via clone (super duper) under 30 minutes every time. I also did it via internet download. shortest time 90 minutes lonest time 2 and 1/2 hours.

    I have cablevision my speed ratings are 15 MB/s download and 2Mb/s upload. At no time did any download go faster then 1.2 MB/s more like 250Kb/s. Now if you have dsl it will be slower for some.
  9. indiekiduk macrumors 6502

    Jul 26, 2005
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Cablevision speed is only 15Mbps so the fastest you are going to get is 1.7MBps. There are some providers that can do 100Mbps you could look into.
  10. OTACORB macrumors 65816


    Jun 21, 2009
    Central, Louisiana
    Well I have Suddenlink Cable and my download speed is 15mb down and I was able to do the Lion Recovery Download in 30 minutes. Then the Lion install took another 20 minutes total time was little less than an hour.

    Personally I wanted to try out the Internet Lion Recovery to see exactly how it worked. I think it works great, but of course it would all depend on ones internet service because if all you have is a 1.5mb download it would take a pretty long time, so doing it the clone route would be the smart way to go.

    Oh one thing I will share is that I took the SSD drive from my old mac mini and initially all I got was a flashing circle with a line through it. I actually had to put my SSD drive in my other Mac, repartition the drive and leave it raw. It was then that the Internet Recovery actually came up automatically. If you are using a new drive then it will be raw by default.
  11. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Enter Lion Recovery and it will start downloading Lion by itself
  12. AppleMactablet thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 25, 2010
    Thanks everyone-will use the Internet recovery
    Really appreciate all the help
  13. floridonet macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2011
    Irvine, CA
    Which SSD did you install?
  14. manicwinter macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2011
    I put in the OCZ Vertex 2 that I had in my old mini. I made sure to wipe it out first though.

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