Activate new Macbook Pro first or just install SSD from scratch?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by GFWD, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. GFWD macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2013

    I have read through many of the SSD threads here, but haven't found an answer to this specific question.

    I just bought a new Macbook Pro and an SSD to replace the 750GB hard drive. My question is: do I need to start up the Macbook with the original hard drive and follow the initial setup steps in order to later access the system recovery and install the OS on the SSD?

    Or can I install the SSD without ever turning on the new Macbook and just use system recovery right from the start?

    Is there an advantage to doing one or the other if both are possible?
  2. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    That's an interesting question. If someone doesn't know for sure, my suggestion would be to turn it on, log in to your Apple account so it "sees" the system, deregister it (I guess you would just have to deregister through iTunes? Or would you also have to do that through the "app" store program?)

    And then just swap. My guess is you wouldn't have to do that though, but shouldn't hurt anything.

    I wish OS X properly supported TRIM! (Like on ALL drives)!

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