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How Do I Install OS X® onto My New Crucial® SSD Using Recovery Mode or Time Machine®?

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 computer:

  1. Power on or restart your Mac system
  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

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 computer:

  1. Power on or restart your Mac system
  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 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

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