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Archive for August 19th, 2014

by Tom Nelson

Installing OS X Yosemite hasn’t changed a great deal since OS X Lion changed the delivery of the OS from optical disks to electronic downloads, using the Mac App Store.

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Screen shot © Coyote Moon, Inc.

The big advantage to downloading OS X is of course immediate gratification (and not having to pay shipping charges). But the downside is that the installer you download is deleted as soon as you make use of it by installing OS X Yosemite, or for that matter, any downloadable version of OS X.

With the installer gone, you lose the opportunity to install the OS on more than one Mac without having to go through the download process again. You also lose out on having an installer that you can use to perform clean installs that completely overwrite your startup drive, or having an emergency bootable installer that includes a few useful utilities that can bail you out of an emergency.

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