for copying existing mac?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by emrbzr, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2012
    I bought an SSD for my mac, Can you give me a tip how can I transfer or Install new OSX to that SSD?

    Because apple did not gave me any os x cd for reinstalling. How am I going to reinstall it to the SSD any help?
  2. macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Either you clone your drive, or you reinstall the OS via internet recovery (using cmd-r on boot)

    Either requires you have an external enclosure for the SSD.
  3. simsaladimbamba, Dec 5, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012


    Nov 28, 2010
    No Mac coming with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion has physical restore media included.

    OS X: About OS X Recovery

    If you want to make a bootable installation medium, you can follow these steps:

    As for copying the HDD to the SSD, use CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper! for that and format the SSD appropriately:
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2012
    Thank you,

    which means I can't install a clean OSX to new SSD without any CD. I can only copy my existing max os x with the OS X Recovery disk to the ssd I believe.
  5. macrumors 603


    I think you don't get the point, install the SSD and start up in recovery, from there you can install OS X on it, no need for a CD/DVD.
  6. macrumors 603


    Aug 3, 2006

    Your computer has the ability to download and install OSX to a blank hard drive. Just read through my link or one of the others provided by simsaladimbamba.

    As for restoring your applications and settings, you can use a time machine backup for that, if you have one.

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