How do I format a hybrid drive to run OS X Yosemite?
I recently purchased a Mac Mini (mid-2000) and upgraded the hard drive to a Seagate ST1000LM014-1EJ164 1 terabyte drive. The company I purchased the machine from installed the drive and put OS X 10.7.5 (Lion) on it.
I set up the machine and went in to the Application Store to upgrade to Yosemite (10.10). The file downloaded, but would not install. It gave an error message and suggested I re-download the file. I did this 2 more times to no avail. I tried to re-boot into Lion but the machine would not start up.
I then built a bootable USB flash drive with the Yosemite installer. I started up the Mini off the drive and tried to start the process. It failed. I then went to Disk Utility, selected the drive (which shows as a 1 terabyte drive) and formatted it. I tried to re-install again. It failed.
I'm looking at Disk Utility now and it shows 1 terabyte drive labeled as Media and as being formatted Mac OS X (Journaled). There are 2 other drives showing:
disk2 that has OS X install ESD that is formatted Mac OS Extended
disk3 OS X Base System that is formatted Mac OS Extended
There are no indications as to the size of either of these disks, nor can I format them.
1. Do I have to use something other than Disk Utility to format the drive for OS X Yosemite?
2. Am I wasting my time trying to get Yosemite to run on the computer? It has 8 Gb of RAM with the hybrid drive.
3. Do I need to buy any other software packages to make this thing work?
Any help or suggestions on how to fix the drive would be most appreciated.
Is this a good question?