How do I install OS X onto my new Crucial SSD using Recovery mode or Time Machine?

by Crucial Employee on ‎04-21-2016 11:52 AM - edited on ‎02-16-2017 02:33 PM by Moderator Moderator (6,070 Views)

Recovery Mode

 

Recent Mac systems will have an OS X Recovery mode built in allowing you to reinstall a fresh version of OS X that is currently installed on your system. To do this, you can follow the steps below with your Crucial SSD installed in the drive bay of your Mac:

 

  1. Power on or restart your Mac.
  2. As you hear the startup sound, hold the Command and R keys on the keyboard. 
  3. Release the keys after the Apple logo appears.
  4. After the Recovery menu appears titled, “OS X Utilities”, you can initialize the SSD for first use by selecting Disk Utility from the Utilities menu and follow our "How to Initialize your SSD"  guide.

  5. If your SSD is initialized, select the option to Install OS X from the main Utilities menu, follow the onscreen prompts to select your Crucial SSD and start the installation. 

 

 

 

Time Machine Backup

 

If you have backed up your system using Time Machine, you can restore your current OS X version along with all of your personal files using this method. To do this, follow the steps below with your Crucial SSD installed in the drive bay of your Mac:

 

  1. Power on or restart your Mac.
  2. As you hear the startup sound, hold the Command and R keys on the keyboard. 
  3. Release the keys after the Apple logo appears.
  4. After the Recovery menu appears titled, “OS X Utilities”, you can initialize the SSD for first use by selecting Disk Utility from the Utilities menu and follow our "How to Initialize your SSD"  guide.
  5. If your SSD is initialized, select the option to Restore From Time Machine Backup from the main Utilities menu.
  6. Select your Time Machine backup disk.
  7. Select the Time Machine backup you want to restore.
  8. Select Continue and follow the instructions to reinstall OS X and your files onto your Crucial SSD.
Comments
kennej01
Kilobyte Kid

Thanks, but what if the destination SSD is larger than the original drive when doing a Time Machine restore? If my HDD is 500gb and my SSD is 750gb, will the SSD get partitioned during this process or will it be a 750gb drive with all my stuff on it?