I'm finally getting around to installing an SSD in my MacBook Pro (see signature). I went with the OCZ Agility 3 120GB, Nimitz caddy, and MaxUpgrades external enclosure for the Superdrive. $180 GB total for everything, shipped. I opted to go the cheap route since this is an older machine and I plan on getting a new iMac soon. I have a few questions and concerns before I get started. I searched around, but couldn't find any cohesive answers to these specific questions. 1. I'm running 10.6.8. I will get Lion when I get my new iMac, but for now this is good. Should I do a fresh install on the SSD, or use Migration Assistant to move everything over, minus photos, music, movies, etc.? I've been migrating and migrating for years now, and would feel better with a fresh system if it's feasible. 2. If I do the fresh install, would it be the best practice to create an image of the install disc on my HDD, install the new SSD, then use the image to install 10.6 to the SSD? Faster than running the disc through the external USB enclosure I would imagine. Then of course I would run Software Update and get everything up to date before moving any further. 3. Instead of re-installing all of my apps (Adobe suite, etc), would it be possible to then clone all of my apps and app preferences from an external backup? I really don't mind losing the system preferences, but don't want to have to re-install all of these apps and reset all of their preferences. 4. Will I have any sleep/wake issues by installing the SSD in the optical bay? 5. I currently have a 1TB Firewire 800 external drive that is divided into two partitions: one for Time Machine, one for a complete CCC clone that happens every morning. How will I go about backing everything up once I have two drives in my MBP? I want to keep the routine as similar as possible to what I have now. Sorry for the long post. Thanks for any help!