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Aura X SSD install and clone guide

Install new Aura X

Install new Aura X Using installation guide, install new Aura X SSD into your Mac

Using installation guide, install new Aura X SSD into your Mac

Envoy install

Envoy install The original Apple SSD is installed into the Envoy external case. Case is included in Aura X kit but sold separate if you purchase just the Aura X SSD as a module.   Please note ONLY the Apple SSD is compatible with the Envoy case. You can not use the Aura X SSD in the Envoy case.

The original Apple SSD is installed into the Envoy external case. Case is included in Aura X kit but sold separate if you purchase just the Aura X SSD as a module.

Please note ONLY the Apple SSD is compatible with the Envoy case. You can not use the Aura X SSD in the Envoy case.

Restart using USB

Restart using USB Plug the MacOS installer USB into your Mac and restart the computer. The Mac should boot into the MacOS Utilities page. If you see a question mark, the mac is not booting off the USB. If you see a spinning earth globe the Mac is trying to do an internet recovery. In both cases, turn off the Mac by holding down the power button. Restart the Mac holding down the option key. This will load the boot manager, you should see a yellow disk symbol called Install MacOS, click on this to boot the mac off the USB drive.

Plug the MacOS installer USB into your Mac and restart the computer.

The Mac should boot into the MacOS Utilities page. If you see a question mark, the mac is not booting off the USB. If you see a spinning earth globe the Mac is trying to do an internet recovery. In both cases, turn off the Mac by holding down the power button. Restart the Mac holding down the option key. This will load the boot manager, you should see a yellow disk symbol called Install MacOS, click on this to boot the mac off the USB drive.

Go to Disk Utility

Go to Disk Utility

 

Initialise Aura X

Initialise Aura X The Aura X SSD has to be initialised using APFS format.  Name your new SSD, choose APFS and Erase (initialise)

The Aura X SSD has to be initialised using APFS format.

Name your new SSD, choose APFS and Erase (initialise)

Plug in Envoy

Plug in Envoy Plug the Envoy case into a spare USB port. Do not remove the MacOS installer USB. The Envoy will now appear in Disk Utility as an external drive.

Plug the Envoy case into a spare USB port. Do not remove the MacOS installer USB.

The Envoy will now appear in Disk Utility as an external drive.

Select Aura X

Select Aura X In the left hand window of Disk Utility select the initialised Aura X SSD. 

In the left hand window of Disk Utility select the initialised Aura X SSD.

Click on Restore

Click on Restore On the top menu of Disk Utility is a restore feature. This is the Apple inbuilt cloning software.  To restore, both drives have to be the same format type (APFS).

On the top menu of Disk Utility is a restore feature. This is the Apple inbuilt cloning software.

To restore, both drives have to be the same format type (APFS).

Choose the source

Choose the source Restore will pop up a window to ask for the source. This is your original SSD. Your Mac will now clone (restore) your original SSD to the new Aura X SSD.

Restore will pop up a window to ask for the source. This is your original SSD. Your Mac will now clone (restore) your original SSD to the new Aura X SSD.

Restart and Reset

Restart and Reset Once the Restore has finished, you can shut down the Mac, remove all USB devices and restart the Mac. It will boot off the new Aura X. In system preferences, select Start Up Disk.  Unlock to make changes Select new Aura X and restart. This tells the Mac to boot off the new Aura X, and it stops the Mac looking for the original SSD. Enjoy your new SSD!!

Once the Restore has finished, you can shut down the Mac, remove all USB devices and restart the Mac.

It will boot off the new Aura X.

In system preferences, select Start Up Disk.

Unlock to make changes

Select new Aura X and restart.

This tells the Mac to boot off the new Aura X, and it stops the Mac looking for the original SSD.

Enjoy your new SSD!!

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