bought a new SSD HD for my Macbook Pro--where do I even begin???

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by proverbs, May 25, 2012.

  1. proverbs macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2005
    hello everyone.

    i just bought a new Crucial M4 256gb SSD HD. i have an old 2.33 C2D 3gb ram (maxed) MBP from 2006.

    the laptop still runs great; however, it could definitely be more snappier. i heard that a SSD would be the best solution for this. the other big reason i bought it was because i occasionally need Windows for some software that i have that is not compatible with Mac.

    well, now that i have the HD, i realized i have no idea where to start. i have close to 7 years of data on this thing. i've never had to do a format or anything like that. i have an external HD, and i back my files up ever 3 months or so.

    i'm trying to decide whether to do a clean install or move everything over to my new HD. actually, i don't even know if the latter is possible. what would you guys suggest?

    any help on getting started will be greatly appreciated.

  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  3. proverbs thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2005
    thank you simsaladimbamba!

    its a lot more difficult than i thought :eek:
  4. kiopoptr877 macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2007
    Don't Clone Your Old HDD to Your New SSD

    I actually have a late 2006 Macbook Pro 15" that I fitted with a Corsair Force 3 120. Most of the forums I read suggested to NOT clone over an old HDD to the new SSD. This is because it can cause alignment problems with the SSD. It seems that most places suggest a clean, new install. I did a clean install and just migrated some of the data over from my old HDD.

    The actual replacement process was pretty straightforward. I just followed an iFixit guide and replaced my Superdrive with a HDD housing for the optical bay.

    Hope this helps! :)
  5. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Unnecessary. If you were to do a block-by-block clone, then you could perhaps have some issues, but using Carbon Copy Cloner will simply copy the files over, which cannot cause any problems. Many users here have done so without issue.

  6. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    Agreed. CCC only uses block mode if you run it on a drive other than the one you booted from. Using file mode skips temp files and so forth and thus often results in a smaller image on the new drive.

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