Prepare SSD on Macbook pro to boot on Mac Mini

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  1. kissmo macrumors 6502a

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    Hi guys.

    I have a macbook pro early 2011 and I will be receiving soon a mac mini 2012.

    Since I don't have a monitor with me, I would like to upgrade the HDD in mac mini to an SSD which I already have in my possession.

    I know I can connect to mac mini remotely if OS has booted up and it's at the setup screen, however, since I do not have a monitor I would like to prepare the SSD that will go into mini so that it can boot.

    My mini will be running as server (that's why I don't have a monitor)

    Is there a way to install from the macbook pro on SSD mavericks so that mac mini will be able to boot?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Just put the new SSD in a USB external enclosure then follow this guide to install OS X to the SSD. It will work fine.
     
  3. kissmo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ah so this works then!
    Because there is a comment:
    This procedure installs a version of OS X that is compatible with the Mac it was created with. Using this OS X system with a different Mac model may produce unpredictable results.

    Thanks so much!

    I wasn't sure if this method is OK.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    That would only be an issue if you used Internet recovery and there was a special build OS required for the target machine. That is not the case here, so you will be fine. :)
     
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