Advice needed on how to upgrade the hard drive on a brand new mac.

Tomhirvin

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Oct 12, 2016
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I have just received a 2012 MacBook Pro as an insurance replacement. It is still in the box but I want to upgrade the HDD immediately to an SSD.

I have nothing to import from an old Mac,I am starting fresh but just want to swap like for like. Will I have to copy whatever comes on the new HDD to the SSD before I swap it out?

Any help or advice is much appreciated.
 

snaky69

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If you have nothing on it, you don't have to transfer anything.

macOS can be installed via Internet Recovery or with a bootable USB installation drive.
Just to expand a bit on what JTToft said, simply pull out the old HDD, put in the SSD, boot holding cmd-r and follow the on screen instructions.

That's it.
 

Tomhirvin

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Oct 12, 2016
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No standard 2012 model. I removed the HDD today, inserted the SDD and went to Internet recovery. It got as far as asking which drive I wanted to put El Capitan on but there were no drives to select.
 

JTToft

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No standard 2012 model. I removed the HDD today, inserted the SDD and went to Internet recovery. It got as far as asking which drive I wanted to put El Capitan on but there were no drives to select.
- Then you forgot to format it in Disk Utility beforehand. Do that and set it to OS X Extended (Journaled) and GUID.