Replacing hard rive on mac mini, some questions.

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    Im' replacing my HD with an SSD. I figured I could just download a copy of yosemite onto a USB thumb drive from my macbook pro. Then plug in the thumb drive into the mini. I don't want to have to transfer anything over from the old drive. I just want to install the new one and go from there. So some questions:

    After booting up the mini with the new SSD, can I just boot up in disk utility and install Yosemite from USB?

    If I download yosemite from my macbook pro, is it a different copy than what needs to be used for the mini? I could just do it from the mini then.

    Thanks.
     
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    Yep. You can boot up in disk utility and install Yosemite from your thumb drive.
    No need for a different copy of Yosemite. Its the same for all Macs.
     
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    So even if the SSD is brand new the computer will still have disk utility? I worry nothing happening because the hard drive is blank.
     
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  8. ratsg macrumors 6502

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    remember how much easier it was when Apple just sold us a DVD?

    I would still pay for an OS DVD today if Apple made it available, free downloads or not.
     
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    My preferred method for installing a new drive is to install the new drive into an external enclosure then clone the new drive from the old one with Carbon Copy Cloner. Once done I can boot from the new drive to test it out. If it's ok then I open up and install the new drive.

    Since the install of a drive in a Mini is non-trivial, knowing that you have a good drive and good install before opening the case can save a lot of frustration down the road.
     

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