Transfer or Reinstall?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Kirkle, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. Kirkle macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2012
    I apologize if this has been asked 100 times already, seeing as it is kind of a noob question, but what is the best way to set up an external drive as a boot drive?

    Should I copy everything from my internal hard drive to an external drive or install OSX (and everything else) on the external drive fresh? In other words, can I copy everything from the internal boot drive onto an external drive and then tell the bios to boot from the external drive without any problems, or do I need to re-install everything in order to prevent problems?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  3. Kirkle thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2012
    Oops... Sorry, I actually knew that, slip of the tongue. :)

    Thanks for the information. This answers my question then: I don't have to re-install everything -- a copy will work.

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