How to start up your M1 or M2 Mac from an external drive

Apple’s M1 and M2 Apple silicon Macs have a difference that’s tripped some readers up from the way it was handled with previous Intel-based Macs: how to start up or boot an M-series Mac from an external drive. Intel Macs generally make this easy. .

You might want to use a bootable external drive to have a higher-capacity SSD than is offered or affordable via Apple’s pricing.

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