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Join Date: Apr 2009
Re: Size of 10.5.6 OSX Image? - 04-28-2009, 09:16 PM
I have managed to install OS X (10.5.6) onto the 8GB SSD from a Mac, and it's only taking up 4.85GB of space and I have about 2GB free space left on the SSD right now.
Using a working Mac, I have to manually install only the critical packages from the OSX DVD on to another USB drive, bless it to make it bootable, and then copy the image from the USB drive on to the SSD. (If you have a RunCore with USB connection, you can skip the copying step, and install onto the RunCore directly)
I then used the TYPE11 bootloader to boot into the SSD. Run DellEFI and then Monolingual.
If you are interested, I can post the step-by-step instructions here.
Join Date: Apr 2009
Minimal OSX install onto 8GB SSD using a Intel Mac - 04-29-2009, 01:41 AM
(Do NOT install from a PPC Mac)
If you are looking for the normal install method, instead of installing each package manaully, here is a easier way: much easier installation of OS X on an 8gb SSD
What I am trying to do here is to manually install only the essential packages from the OSX DVD on to another flash card of similar size, bless it to make it bootable, and then copy the image from the USB drive on to the Mini's SSD.
Finally boot into the Mini's SSD with TYPE11 boot loader and run DellEFI.
You will need
-A working Mac
-OS X Retail or OEM Install DVD
-8GB Flash Card / USB Flash Drive
-4GB Flash Card / USB Flash Drive
- If you are using flash cards, you will also need USB card readers.
-The following Hackintosh Guide How To: Hackintosh a Dell Mini 9 Into the Ultimate OS X Netbook
1) On a Mac, Open Disk Utility, format the 8GB flash with GUID/Mac OS Extended (Journaled), make sure the partition is smaller than 7.2GB because we are going to copy the image onto the internal 7.2GB SSD.
2) Open Finder, highlight the 8GB flash card, select File > Get Info > Sharing & Permissions. Uncheck "Ignore ownership on this volume"
3) Install the following essential packages from the the Install DVD (/System/Installation/Packages) on to the 8GB flash card (WARNING: Don't install the packages on your working OS X partition!)
+ iPod Support (required by SystemUI Server)
+ Additional Essentials
+ Migration Assistant (Contains Setup Assistant)
+ iCal (CalendarStore is required by Finder)
+ ACL (this is on my OEM DVD but not on my Retail DVD)
(You can also install additional apps at this time, but for every app you add, it will take away your precious SSD space)
(If you install apps later, don't forget to run the OS X update again)
4) execute the following command from terminal:
sudo bless -verbose -folder "/Volumes/FlashDiskName/System/Library/CoreServices" -bootinfo -bootefi
(Substitute your own FlashDiskName)
<< Check Point >>
5) Now your Flash Card is bootable. We are going to test it by rebooting it from your Mac. Hold down the Option key when you boot, and select the USB Drive. You will be greeted by the OS X Welcome screen. If it fails to boot, restart your Mac, and boot into your working OS X, check the system.log in the folder /var/log on the USB drive .
6) After the welcome screen, you can apply the 10.5.6 update now, or do it later, it's up to you. Next step is to make a image of the bootable flash card. Before that, it's a good idea to run a permission repair.
7) Boot back to the normal OS X on you Mac. Open Disk Utility and create a compressed image (.DMG) of the USB flash drive by selecting File > New Disk Image from device. The DMG file should be about 2GB (depends on your OS X version). Scan the DMG image for restore. Keep this file on the Mac for now.
9) I used SYSLINUX and DellMiniBoot123v8.01.iso to make the TYPE11 USB boot drive. Follow Step 5 - 7 on the Hackintosh Guide to prepare the TYPE11 bootloader.
10) Download and copy the latest DellEFI onto the SYSLINUX drive.
11) Copy the bootable OS X image file DMG onto the SYSLINUX drive.
<< Move to Dell >>
12) Now we are ready to start work on the Dell Mini 9. Insert SYSLINUX into the USB port #1, and bootable OS X drive into another. Make sure USB legacy support is enabled from the BIOS. Now, reboot and select the boot options list by tapping 0 at startup and choose USB Storage. (NOTE: The USB ports are labelled from 1 to 3 in this order top left, bottom left, right)
13) At the bootloader prompt, hit Escape, and type the code "81" for your second USB drive, the bootable OS X. Type in "-f" at the boot prompt and press Return again to boot. (Note: Give your flash drive each a unique name will help to identify the drive on the bootloader)
14) Now that you should be running OS X on your Dell Mini. Open Disk Utility, and partition and format the SSD. Once it's done, select the SSD and select the Restore pane. Source image is the OSX DMG file on the SYSLINUX drive, destination is the blank SSD.
15) Reboot again, and we can skip to Step 15 on the Guide, Type "82" for the internal SSD instead, also use the -f flag.
16) Follow the guide for 10.5.6 update (if not done already) and freeing up space with Monolingual.
17) Follow the guide and run DellEFI installer
After the install, hopefully, you will have more than 2GB space left on your SSD.
EDIT: I have also disabled spotlight and removed sleepimage for hibernation.
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