New SSD in mini, how to clean install OS X?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by theanimala, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. theanimala macrumors 6502

    Mar 2, 2007
    I am going to be ordering a new late-2012 Mac Mini and want to upgrade to SSD before I even start using it. I do have a 2007 iMac with Mountain Lion that I use Time Machine to backup.

    I was looking online on how to reinstall OSX on the new SSD of the mini and most of the tutuorials are talking about recovering from a time machine backup. I don't want to do this as my iMac is old and hosed from years of OS upgrades. I really just want a clean install of Mountain Lion on the Mini SSD, then I would like to use Time Machine to recover certain things like Mail, iTunes and iPhone libraries. Can anyone tell me a simple way to do this?
  2. spit006 macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    you will find this with a quick google search, essentially put the usb stick in with mountain lion and hold in option when you boot up. use Disk Utility to format, and then install
  3. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

    Ice Dragon

    Jun 16, 2009
    I think they also still allow for internet recovery just like with Lion don't they?

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