Macbook Pro Yosemite Where Do Files Go When I Download Them

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Question: Q: MacBook Pro running Mac OS X Yosemite version 10.10.5 and need to get to 10.11 More Less Apple Footer This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only.

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  • So i’ve gotten to the point where i’ve reinstalled Yosemite from the usb stick, i’d held down Option and clicked the ‘install Yosemite’ drive and an install image came up (Apple logo with progress bar) after that had finished, to computer went straight to OS X UTILITIES and i can’t seem to get into my computer because there is no option to open into the desktop.

If you are a new Mac user, you might have trouble moving files from one location to another in Finder. You can’t just drag and drop files as this will only make a copy of the file or files. If you want to move files without the need to go back and delete the old file later, you can do this with a simple keystroke.

How to Move Files in Finder on Mac OS X

1. Open Finder and go to the folder containing the file you want to move.

2. Click on the file and drag it to the new location while holding the Command key.

3. That’s it. Moving files in OS X is easier than ever.

4. To move multiple files hold Control while selecting them and on your final click, drag the files to the location you want to move them to.

Keep in mind you shouldn’t move system files, iMovie Projects or iPhoto libraries without following special instructions.

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Note: This post is part of the the series: Reformat Macbook Pro to make brand new. You can always refer back to the table of contents to follow the entire process. This post is in addition to the original instructions with the release of OS X Yosemite. This post will teach you how to make an OS X Yosemite boot drive.

In our last chapter, we learned how to backup your Macbook Pro with Time Machine in the event we have an issue while reformatting your Macbook Pro. It also serves as an important archive for your data so you can access it and grab files whenever you want them on your ‘new’ Macbook Pro. In this next chapter, we’ll learn how to create an OS X Yosemite boot drive so once the computer is wiped clean, we can tell it to reinstall the brand new operating system and bring it back to glorious life.

Are you ready to get started? Here we go!

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Make an OS X Yosemite boot drive

In this step, we’re going to make a OS X Yosemite boot drive. Apple’s latest Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite, is available as a free download from Apple. Announced at WWDC 2014, Yosemite features a brand new look and feel, as well as integration with iOS 8. When you wipe your Macbook Pro clean, it needs some direction on how to come alive again. This little flash drive will plug into the side of the computer and we’ll tell the computer to read from it and install the operating system. Boom. Easy.

A. Download a copy of OS X Yosemite

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  1. Open the App Store or click this link to go there (you may have to click launch application so do so.)
  2. Once you’ve found the app and you’re in the App Store, click FREE and enter in your Apple ID and password.
  3. Once you’ve logged in, it will start downloading.
  4. This will take some time to download (it will download to your Applications folder, which we want).
  5. Take a sip of coffee and wait a bit.

B. Format flash drive

While you’re waiting for the OS X Yosemite to download, you can format your flash drive. Remember, you’ll need an 8GB thumb drive. You will lose any information you have saved on this drive, so be sure to move any files off of it prior to this step.

  1. Insert the thumb drive into a USB port on the computer.
  2. Go to Hard Drive ›› Applications ›› Utilities ›› Click to open Disk Utility.
  3. Select the 1st of the two options you have for your flash drive so it’s highlighted.
  4. Click on the ERASE tab. Select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as the format type and keep the name as “untitled.”
  5. Your flash drive will be erased and it will be formatted properly for Mac.
  6. Your drive is ready.

C. Make an OS X Yosemite Boot Drive with DiskMaker X (Option 1)

Now you’re ready to move the install of OS X Yosemite onto the flash drive. The easiest way is to use a program like DiskMaker X. Yosemite is so new that DiskMaker is updating their files but have a working beta version that supports OS X 10.10 and will build a bootable USB for you easily.

D. Make an OS X Yosemite Boot Drive with Terminal (Option 2)

If you want this process to happen faster, you can manually add in the commands with Terminal. This is faster than the DiskMaker X option but you will have to add in a command.

  1. Insert your flash drive (8GB recommended) into a USB port on your computer.
  2. Click on the name of the drive once, so it highlights. Change the name to: Untitled. (The code we’re going to enter will assume this drive is named Untitled.)
  3. Go to Applications›› Utilities ›› Terminal. Open the program.
  4. You’ll see a scary-looking programming box come up. Don’t be scared. We’re going to add a piece of code that will copy OS X Mavericks to the thumb drive.
  5. Select the text of this Terminal command and copy it:
  1. Paste the copied command into Terminal and press Return. Warning: This step will erase the destination drive or partition, so make sure it doesn’t contain any valuable data.
  2. Enter your admin-level account password when prompted.
  3. Now you’ll see the following messages:
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This process will take about 30 minutes or so (depending on the speed of you computer). I was a bit worried that it was taking longer than expected. If you think it’s messed up, just wait longer. Give it 45 minutes if it needs it. Maybe an hour if your computer is really slow.

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Once done, congratulations! You have your bootable OS X Yosemite drive. Keep this for any future projects (although you’ll want to update to the newest version of OS X Mavericks installer before attempting this process again if any length of time passes by.)

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To continue with the series, head to the next chapter where completely wipe your Macbook Pro clean and delete all the files (including the ones slowing it down!). This is a crucial step in getting your laptop back to the ‘factory fresh’ feeling.