How to install OS to empty Drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by nelly22, Jun 21, 2017.

  1. nelly22 macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2009
    What is best way to install 10.11 to new empty SDD in old Mac? I don’t have installation disks and this machine don’t have internet access.
  2. 0002378, Jun 21, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2017

    0002378 Suspended


    May 28, 2017
    Create a bootable USB flash drive with OS X 10.11 on it, after downloading it on a computer that does have internet access. Then, stick the flash drive into the old Mac, and boot from it (hold Option at startup and select EFI volume).

    When it boots, it will prompt you to install OS X. First go into Disk Utility and format the SSD with the "Mac OS Extended (journaled)" format. Then, select the SSD as the destination for your installation.
  3. nelly22 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2009
    Thanks. How much space OS 10.11 uses?

    What is safe place to download 10.11.6?
  4. nelly22 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2009
    I tried to use DiskMaker X 7 to make bootable USB drive, but it don't like osxupdcombo10.11.6.dmg file.

    Where i can get right type of file for DiskMaker? 10.11.6 (15G20015)
  5. nelly22 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2009
    Thanks for link.

    Problem i have now is that i cannot get 10.11.6 (15G20015) from MAS. I have tried all tricks i found via Google.

    Is there any place to download it without using torrents?

    Is there any way to install 10.11.6 using osxupdcombo10.11.6.dmg file?

    BTW, this new disk is totally empty. Do i need to install 10.11 first?

  6. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    OP: It would help if we knew what model Mac that you have. I do not know why you need 10.11.6, so I have to guess that it might be because your Mac might be too old to go any higher or it will not support High Sierra. If that is the case then Apple has a article to tell you how to download El Capitan with a link:

    If that does not work and your system will support Sierra (10.12.6) then here is a link for Sierra (takes you directly to the App store download):

    Both links require a working Mac capable of installing El Capitan or Sierra in order to download the installers from the App store.

    There are no official, safe download locations for the full Mac OS installers other than Apple.

    Some people have bought bootable USB thumb drive installers from eBay.
  7. nelly22 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2009
    Thanks. I need 10.11.6 because it's the latest version this Mac supports.

    You mean this El Capitan link?
    1. Use this link to open the El Capitan page on the App Store: Get OS X El Capitan

    It tries to open App Store app in Mac and i try to get it without using MAS at all.

    I found this page and it has 10.11.6 but not latest version 15G20015 and it takes 2 days to download it because file hosting site free account restriction:

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