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How to Create an External, Bootable Startup Disk/Drive for an M1 Mac

The M1 Mac Family Have an M1 Mac? You can create an external, bootable drive for it — but the disk won’t work with Intel Macs. There are benefits to having an external, bootable drive. For example, it allows you to continue working on a different computer or helps you fix a Mac that’s having problems. Preparation To create an external, bootable M1 Mac drive, you’ll need (in addition to an M1 Mac, naturally) a Thunderbolt 3 SSD and a copy of the macOS Big Sur 11.2 (or later) installer app (you could perhaps try 11.0-11.1, but most reports say...

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