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El Capitan on 9020 uSFF & boot speed of Yosemite


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Morning all,

 

Has anyone managed to install or know what is needed to install El Capitan on a Dell 9020 uSFF, followed Jakes great install guide for Yosemite? I am guessing a straight upgrade isn't going to cut it...

 

As a side question, have a mac mini server with the i7 2.0Ghz + SSD, and the with Dell 9020 with i7 4770s + SSD - what I find odd is that the original and older mac boots somewhat quicker than the faster Dell? (this is from when OSX starts to load).

 

Cheers

-Steve

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It's as simple as just install Clover loader on top of your current install, copy a pre configured Clover to the mounted EFI partition. Only issue I have right now is getting the USB 3.0 port to work. Once I have that figured out, I'll write up a bootpack.

 

If you want to try my current bootpack, let me know, but you need to disable USB 3.0 in the BIOS.

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Jake,

 

Many thanks for the bootpack.

 

Following your guide, seems an 8Gb USB is no longer large enough for El Capitan - used a brand new 8Gb SD card and ran out of space copying the last two files. 

 

Swapped to a 16Gb and not sure if this is purely to do with my mac mini already being on El Capitan but when running the Clover installer - the usb flashes as if data is being written but there is no EFI partition created - and hence no window is opened showing it once completed.

 

In terminal - diskutil list - shows a single Apple HFS partition of 16Gb on the usb - Any suggestions please?

 

Would have tried with Yosemite on the 9020, have 2 SSD's installed one with Windows 10 which has without request trashed something on OSX SSD (boot partition I guess) and will no longer boot passed initial boot screen / first apple logo - returns straight back.

 

Cheers

-Steve

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@R-N-D Manager - thank you will have a look. once I get Clover installed and EL Capitan working hoping I won't be booting Windows that often :-)

 

 

Jake,

 

Again thank you = got further...

 

Started from stratch and formated/erased USB using diskutil - now have Clover installed and EFI partition on USB; and EL Capitan copied over.

 

BIOS configured to AHCI, UEFI boot etc.... Boots to clover, when selecting Install El Capitan from Clover, get an Apple logo for a couple of seconds then machine reboots and back to Clover main screen.

 

I started again building the USB boot, restoring the base image, copying files and installing Clover/EFI Bootpack though same boot cycle as above.

 

Anything I can check ?

 

Cheers

-Steve

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