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Should I Format SSD before putting it in an iMac?
Posted by: kurtzie
Date: November 10, 2017 07:21PM
Should I Format SSD before putting it in an iMac?

I have ann Early 2008 iMac that I'm putting an SSD in.
2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 5 GB Ram

I got this upgrade kit. 250GB

I have this HDD Dock Station. So think I should be able to mount and format using my Mac Mini and then put an OS on it. Probably El Capitan?

What does the Forum think?

Thanks,

Steve
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Re: Should I Format SSD before putting it in an iMac?
Posted by: Bernie
Date: November 10, 2017 07:42PM
Yes.




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Re: Should I Format SSD before putting it in an iMac?
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 10, 2017 07:42PM
Doesnt matter. Might take all of 10 seconds to format the drive.

20" or 24"? Your link didnt specify... Only tools really necessary for installation are a T8 and a pair of tweezers.

Inside you just need a power and SATA splitter.



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Re: Should I Format SSD before putting it in an iMac?
Posted by: kurtzie
Date: November 10, 2017 07:55PM
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jdc
Doesnt matter. Might take all of 10 seconds to format the drive.

20" or 24"? Your link didnt specify... Only tools really necessary for installation are a T8 and a pair of tweezers.

Inside you just need a power and SATA splitter.

20"

Replacing the dead original HDD.
I thought it would be easier to format the drive and put the OS on it before installing it, instead of using a Mac OS install CD and then upgrading…
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Re: Should I Format SSD before putting it in an iMac?
Posted by: GGD
Date: November 10, 2017 08:01PM
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kurtzie
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jdc
Doesnt matter. Might take all of 10 seconds to format the drive.

20" or 24"? Your link didnt specify... Only tools really necessary for installation are a T8 and a pair of tweezers.

Inside you just need a power and SATA splitter.

20"

Replacing the dead original HDD.
I thought it would be easier to format the drive and put the OS on it before installing it, instead of using a Mac OS install CD and then upgrading…

I would agree, test out the new drive before opening up the iMac. Just in case the new drive is DOA. Also good to install the OS and setup the new drive in advance and then just boot into it once it's been installed.
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Re: Should I Format SSD before putting it in an iMac?
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 10, 2017 08:05PM
Sorry you just said "format". Which regardless, still only takes a few seconds.

OS install might take longer via CD to USB 2, rather than CD to internal, althought maybe not by much.

Do you have El Cap as a DMG? that would install faster...



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Re: Should I Format SSD before putting it in an iMac?
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: November 10, 2017 08:21PM
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kurtzie

I have this HDD Dock Station. So think I should be able to mount and format using my Mac Mini and then put an OS on it. Probably El Capitan?...

I thought it would be easier to format the drive and put the OS on it before installing it, instead of using a Mac OS install CD and then upgrading…

You should get the El Cap installer on a USB stick or 2.5-inch USB hard drive.

Don't bother installing the original OS and then upgrading.

...Only thing is that you either need to have "purchased" El Cap from the App Store already or you need a friend who can get it and you need a Mac from which to make the installer.
[arstechnica.com]



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Re: Should I Format SSD before putting it in an iMac?
Posted by: GGD
Date: November 10, 2017 08:50PM
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Onamuji
...Only thing is that you either need to have "purchased" El Cap from the App Store already or you need a friend who can get it and you need a Mac from which to make the installer.
[arstechnica.com]

There are still ways to download El Capitan (and Sierra) from Apple if you hadn't purchased it in the past.

[forums.macresource.com]
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Re: Should I Format SSD before putting it in an iMac?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: November 10, 2017 08:52PM
Format it and install the OS before you put it in the iMac.
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Re: Should I Format SSD before putting it in an iMac?
Posted by: gabester
Date: November 10, 2017 09:25PM
I'd format the drive outside the Mac.

I can recall at least one incident where, for whatever reason, I COULD NOT format the drive in the Mac but had no problems in an external enclosure. Or maybe it was the other way around.

Still, PITA if you put it in and THEN find out it doesn't work!
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Re: Should I Format SSD before putting it in an iMac?
Posted by: DP
Date: November 11, 2017 07:30AM
Just adding that I put an SSD in my '09 MBP and it's a new machine. You'll appreciate it!





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Re: Should I Format SSD before putting it in an iMac?
Posted by: modelamac
Date: November 11, 2017 09:11AM
kurtzie,

As others have said above, Yes.

Format it before you install it. I would also suggest you install/clone your Boot drive OS on it and prove that it boots and runs before installing it inside. I have done it both ways, and installing a working drive has always worked out better. All of the kinks are worked out and you only have to install it once.

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kurtzie
Should I Format SSD before putting it in an iMac?

I have ann Early 2008 iMac that I'm putting an SSD in.
2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 5 GB Ram

I got this upgrade kit. 250GB

I have this HDD Dock Station. So think I should be able to mount and format using my Mac Mini and then put an OS on it. Probably El Capitan?

What does the Forum think?

Thanks,

Steve



Remember how when you were little
you could just rip off your diaper and
just run around naked and everyone
thought it was so cute and funny?


Anyway, I need bail money.
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Re: Should I Format SSD before putting it in an iMac?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: November 11, 2017 03:28PM
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modelamac
Format it before you install it. I would also suggest you install/clone your Boot drive OS on it and prove that it boots and runs before installing it inside. I have done it both ways, and installing a working drive has always worked out better. All of the kinks are worked out and you only have to install it once.

This. I've read a number reports of problems from folks who tried installing a SSD with no OS installed on it.
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Re: Should I Format SSD before putting it in an iMac?
Posted by: kurtzie
Date: November 11, 2017 08:50PM
I formatted the drive and installed El Capitan on it before installing into the iMac.

Everything is working fine so far. I am posting from the "new" machine.

Now all I have to do is decide what to use this extra mac for.
I think it will be a photo display machine for now.

Thanks for all the advice.

Steve
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Re: Should I Format SSD before putting it in an iMac?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: November 12, 2017 09:13AM
I just put the same drive in my 2010 iMac. I already had El Cap and Sierra on a bootable flashdrive I had
made some time ago. Started up off the flashdrive. Went to Disk Utility and formatted the new SSD and
installed Sierra. The SSD made an amazing difference in speed but my old drive was failing.



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