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Yes, you can install macOS from an external hard drive. To do this, you will need to create a bootable disk image of the operating system using Disk Utility. Once you have created the disk image, you can use it to install macOS on your computer.
Can I use an external hard drive to install macOS?
Can I install macOS Big Sur on an external hard drive?
Yes, you can install macOS Big Sur on an external hard drive. However, we recommend that you use a reliable and well-supported external hard drive. We also recommend that you back up your data before installing macOS Big Sur on your external hard drive.
Can you run macOS from external SSD?
Yes, you can run macOS from external SSD. The process is similar to running macOS from a USB flash drive. First, you need to create a bootable macOS installer on the SSD. To do this, you can use the “createinstallmedia” command in Terminal. Once the bootable installer is created, you can boot your Mac from the SSD and follow the prompts to install macOS.
What to do if macOS Monterey Cannot be installed on Macintosh HD?
If you cannot install macOS Monterey on your Macintosh HD, you may need to erase and reformat your hard drive. You can do this by following these steps:
1. Open Disk Utility (located in Applications > Utilities).
2. Select the hard drive you want to format in the left sidebar.
3. Click the Erase button at the top of the window.
4. Enter a name for your hard drive and select a file system from the Format drop-down menu (Mac OS Extended is recommended).
5. Click the Erase button to continue. This will erase all data on your hard drive, so be sure to back up any important files beforehand!
6. Once your hard drive has been erased, try installing macOS Monterey again from scratch using a bootable installer or recovery disk.
How do I install macOS on a new SSD?
1. Purchase a new SSD and appropriate cables (if necessary).
2. Backup your important data to an external hard drive or other location.
3. Install the SSD in your computer following the manufacturer’s instructions.
4. Use disk utility to format the SSD as macOS Extended (Journaled).
5. Reinstall macOS from scratch, following the prompts to select the new SSD as your install destination.
How do I install macOS Big Sur on a new SSD?
Before beginning, you will need the following:
-A copy of macOS Big Sur. This can be downloaded from the Mac App Store.
-An external hard drive or USB stick with at least 16 GB of storage. This will be used to create a bootable installer for macOS Big Sur.
-A new SSD with at least 250 GB of storage. This is where you will install macOS Big Sur.
1) Connect your external hard drive or USB stick to your Mac and launch the Disk Utility application.
2) Select your external drive in the left sidebar and click on the “Erase” button.
3) Give your drive a name ( such as “macOS Big Sur Installer”) and choose the “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” format. Click on the “Erase” button to format your drive.
4) Quit out of Disk Utility when finished.
5) Launch the Terminal application and enter the following command: sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Big\ Sur.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/macOS\Big\Sur\Installer –nointeraction &&echo ‘Bootable installer created’
6) Press Enter and enter your password when prompted. You will not see any characters appear while typing your password due to security reasons so just type it in blindly and press Enter again when finished.. The process could take up to 30 minutes so be patient!
7) When finished, open up Finder and navigate to your external drive or USB stick . You should see a new volume called “macOS Big Sur Installer”. Double click on this volume to open it up and then double click on the file called “Install macOS Big Sur”. This will launch the installation process for macOS Big Sur!
Can I use an external hard drive as a boot drive?
Yes, you can use an external hard drive as a boot drive. You will need to format the drive and make sure it is set up correctly in order for it to work properly. Follow these steps:
1. Format the external hard drive using the FAT32 file system.
2. Connect the external hard drive to your computer and make sure it is recognized by the BIOS.
3. Change the boot order in the BIOS so that the external hard drive is first in line.
4. Save your changes and exit from the BIOS menu.
5. Your computer should now boot from the external hard drive!
Can I use an external SSD as a boot drive?
Yes, you can use an external SSD as a boot drive. To do this, you will need to connect the SSD to your computer using a USB cable and then format it using a utility such as Disk Utility. Once the SSD is formatted, you can copy over your operating system files and boot from the SSD.
Should I update my Mac to Monterey?
There are a few things to consider before updating your Mac to Monterey, such as whether or not your Mac is compatible and if you have enough free space. You can check Apple’s compatibility list to see if your Mac model is supported. If you’re running low on storage, you may need to free up some space before installing the update. Once you’ve considered these factors, you can update your Mac by going to System Preferences > Software Update.
Do I install macOS on HD or HD data?
You should install macOS on your HD. Data can be stored on either your HD or a separate data drive, but the operating system should be installed on your HD.
Why macOS Cannot be installed on Macintosh HD?
There are a few reasons why macOS cannot be installed on Macintosh HD. The most common reason is that the drive is not formatted correctly. In order to install macOS, the drive must be format- ted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Another common reason is that the drive does not have enough free space. macOS requires at least 10 GB of free space on the drive in order to install. Finally, another possibility is that there are incompatible drives connected to the computer. If there are any drives connected that are not compatible with macOS, they will need to be disconnected before installation can begin.
Can I just move my OS to an SSD?
Yes, you can move your OS to an SSD. The steps vary depending on your operating system, but generally speaking, you’ll need to back up your data, format the SSD, and then install your OS onto the SSD. Once that’s done, you can restore your data from the backup.
Can I migrate just the OS to SSD?
No, you cannot migrate just the OS to SSD. You will need to back up your data and files first, then reinstall the operating system on the new drive.
Which disk should I install macOS?
You should install macOS on the disk that you want to use as your primary disk.