Mac OS X Installation Basics SATA Drive


Instructions for installing an internal drive as a bootable or a storage drive in MacOS X.


If this SATA drive will simply be a storage drive, please see the 2nd section of this article - Installing a SATA Drive as a Storage Unit.


Boot Drive
Storage Drive


Installing a SATA Drive as a Boot drive.

  1. Physically install the drive into the Mac.
  2. Connect the drive to the motherboard or SATA add-on controller card. 
  3. Connect the hard drive to the power source.
  4. Insert the Mac OS X install CD or USB drive.
  5. Power on the computer while holding down the option key.
  6. Select Installer.
  7. Select Open Disk Utility.
  8. Highlight the drive.
  9. Select Erase.
  10. Choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Partition for the volume format.
  11. Click Erase. (Note: This will erase all data from the drive.)
  12. Click on Disk Utility and select Quit Disk Utility.
  13. Select Install OS X from the options
  14. Select your drives as the destination and install
 

Installing a SATA Drive as a Storage Unit

  1. Ensure the Mac is turned off
  2. Physically install the drive into the Mac.
  3. Connect the drive to the motherboard or SATA add-on controller card.
  4. Connect the hard drive to the power source.
  5. Turn the Mac on
  6. Double-click on the Mac OS main hard drive on the Desktop.
  7. Select Applications.
  8. Select Utilities.
  9. Select Disk Utility.
  10. Select the Erase tab.
  11. Verify that the correct hard drive is selected in the left column.
  12. Select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) partition.
  13. Click Erase. (Note: This will erase all data from the drive.)
  14. Allow time for the drive to format.
  15. Verify the drive is mounted on the Desktop. 




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