Will my program CDs install faster to SSD if I convert them to .DMG first?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lip5016, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. lip5016 macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2014
    So I ordered dual Samsung 850 PRO SSD's, 512gb each, should be coming in sometime tomorrow.. I will have to basically reinstall NI Komplete and all my music software (400+ gigs)..

    I have plenty of time today to waste before my shipment comes in tomorrow.. Since I have the space to spare, would it make any sense for me (if I don't mind going through the effort), to rip all my installation disks to .DMG ahead of time? My theory is that installing to an SSD via Thunderbolt, for example, should be MUCH faster install times than if I were to attempt such a large re-install via SuperDrive.. Thoughts?
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    It will install faster. Whether it's worth the time it'll take the make the .dmg's is up to you.
  3. lip5016 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2014
    Like ridiculously faster? or only slight improvement?
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    If that DMG is already on the SSD, the install will be far far faster than installing from an optical drive, but we are missing a piece of the puzzle here. Once you make the DMG files, where will they be and how will you get them onto the SSD?

    If they are on a hard drive and you USB copy those over to the SSD first, that will significantly eat into your time and maybe make this not worth the hassle IMO.
  5. lip5016 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2014

    I literally just installed all of Native Instruments Kontakt 9 (Regular) to my computer in SIX MINUTES!

    If you have a lazy-day to blow while waiting on your SSD's to come in the mail.. Give it a shot, and rip all your install disks to .DMG using Disk Utility!

    All I did next was double-click all the highlighted .DMG's for Kontakt (10+ disks worth) to open them up so that they appear as mounted drives.. Then started "install" on disk 1, and it shot through the rest without even having to click anything on any dialogs to change disks, etc, etc..

    Was literally shocked at how fast Kontakt installed.. LITERALLY SIX MINUTES (probably less as I didn't use a stopwatch, but clock instead)!!

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