Resolved Installing OSX on Mac Pro with new hard drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Jardins de Vin, Jul 14, 2014.

  1. Jardins de Vin, Jul 14, 2014
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    Jardins de Vin macrumors 6502a

    Jardins de Vin

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    Found a nice old Mac Pro (the mid 2010 12 core) and they're selling it with a 2TB hard drive. I don't want the HD however, because I do not need it, so I would like to buy it without the HD and install a small SSD myself.

    But just wondering, how do I go on about installing OSX then? Is it only possible with installation discs?

    I know that on iMacs and such there's a partition of the hard drive that can't be erased which is the OSX recovery partition or something like this. But on a new, empty SSD (or even HD), I'm confused how you have to do this.

    Thanks a lot!
     
  2. flowrider macrumors 601

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    How will you be starting it up? You can make installation "disks" for the Mac OS on a USB stick of 8GB or larger, instructions are on the web.

    Lou
     
  3. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

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    Create an USB Installer

    Create an USB Installer on your iMac. See this thread!
     
  4. Jardins de Vin thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  5. Macsonic macrumors 65816

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    Congrats on your cMac Pro purchase. :) If you're not using the optical drive, you can also place additional SSD or HD in the optical bay area for more storage options. OWC sells a bracket so the SSD or HD can fit well. And later you can install either a SSD PCie for faster transfer speed of SATA 3 and a USB 3 card.
     

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