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

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Tomhirvin, Oct 12, 2016.

  1. Tomhirvin macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

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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.
     
  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    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.
     
  4. Decimotox macrumors 6502a

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    It's actually Command-Option-R on boot as soon as you hear the Mac chime.
     
  5. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Cmd + Alt + R is specifically Internet Recovery, yes. Though if normal recovery isn't available (which is the case on a fresh drive), Cmd + R should lead to Internet Recovery as well.
     
  6. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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  7. Tomhirvin thread starter macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  8. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Then you forgot to format it in Disk Utility beforehand. Do that and set it to OS X Extended (Journaled) and GUID.
     
  9. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    You could also pick up an external USB3 2.5" enclosure for the old HDD.
     
  10. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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