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I have suc­cess­fully in­stalled an SS D drive in my 27-inch iMac. I did this as a per­sonal chal­lenge to see if my 81-yearold brain could do it! I now have two in­ter­nal drives, and with my lim­ited knowl­edge I’m un­able to work out how to con­fig­ure them to work as one. That is to say un­til I read the ar­ti­cle about Fu­sion Drive in is­sue 296. Af­ter fit­ting the SS D, I copied the OS (El Cap­i­tan) to it, to­gether with my apps. This gives me speedy star­tups and ac­cess to apps, but I feel I’m driv­ing two sys­tems in­stead of one. I re­alise that I can’t fol­low your ar­ti­cle verbatim, but could it be the ba­sis, with a lit­tle amend­ment, of the pro­ce­dure I need to re­alise my goal?

by roy lund

alan says… Yes, it can be. Make a com­plete backup of your startup disk us­ing Time Ma­chine, and an OS X in­stall disk as de­scribed in MF296. Check the backup is picked up by the in­stall disk’s op­tion to re­store from Time Ma­chine, but go no fur­ther. In­stead, con­fig­ure the Fu­sion Drive, put a clean in­stal­la­tion of OS X 10.11 on it (to add a Re­cov­ery sys­tem), then re­store the backup over it.

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