Yosemite - Download once, install to multiple Macs?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by EssentialParado, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. EssentialParado macrumors 65816

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    I have a really slow connection where I live and 3 Macs. Is there a way to download Yosemite once and then distribute it to all the machines locally?
     
  2. stevedusa macrumors regular

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    Of course, just copy the installer app to the other mac and install there.
     
  3. Diversion macrumors 6502a

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    Create a bootable USB drive from the Yosemite image.. Go to http://liondiskmaker.com/ and grab the latest beta which support Yosemite to create a USB. Use the USB to upgrade/image all Macs until Apple creates a new OS!
     
  4. EssentialParado thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh, there's an installer app? I remember there being one in my launch pad for Mavericks but I couldn't find the actual install disk – I'll give it and try and see if I can find it this time! ;)
     
  5. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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  6. calaverasgrande macrumors 65816

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    it is pretty easy, I've done this for the last few OSX releases.
     
  7. App1eG33k macrumors newbie

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    sorry to hijack your threat,

    I'm just wondering if i want to go back to Mavericks - how can i download securely file from? i can't seem to find anywhere in app store - obviously they have removed from the server.

    I just find out making bootable USB (Thank to DiskMaker X) is easier then i though - it's fun to swap HDs between Mavericks and Yosemite.
     
  8. KoolAid-Drink macrumors 65816

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    It's easy!

    1) "Purchase" (for free) Yosemite from the App Store. Let it download.
    2) Go to the Applications folder, look for the installer. (It should be named "Install OS X Yosemite".)
    3) Download Lion DiskMaker - make sure you have an external hard drive with an empty partition and/or that the external HD is empty. Follow the instructions, then you're all set!

    You don't need to download Yosemite again and again, saving you valuable bandwidth.
     
  9. EssentialParado thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ah, after I downloaded Yosemite from the Mac App Store I checked in my Applications and there was an installer there. I just threw a copy in my public folder and downloaded it to the other machines! Worked great. :D
     
  10. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus

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    Yep. The trick is to grab the installer before doing the actual installation. :)
     
  11. calaverasgrande macrumors 65816

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    while you can simply copy the installer app.
    It is worth the extra legwork to make an installer thumb drive.
    The imaged thumb drive has several useful utilities sort of like the old OS X system discs used to have.
    This also gives you a nice recovery option if for example you lose your system drive on your Mac (but had TM backups, right?).
     

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