CCC after SSD install?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ToomeyND, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. ToomeyND macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2011
    I will have a 2012 mid-level mini and probably a Samsung 840 pro 256 GB delivered to me soon. I plan on adding the SSD to have both drives in the mini.

    My question is, do I have to format and install OSX on the SSD before installing it? Can I install the SSD, then use carbon copy cloner to clone the stock drive to the SSD, then boot from the SSD after that? It'd save me the extra cable that some places try to push to copy the HDD to the SSD before install.

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yes. Here's a simple approach:
    1. Install your new drive in your Mac.
    2. Boot from your old drive by holding the Option key on startup.
    3. Use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the old drive to the new drive.
    4. Boot from the new drive.
  3. No Pain No Gain macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2013
    I'd just put SSD in a case then i'd boot your current OS X recovery partition and duplicate your OS X to the SSD with Disk Utility.
  4. ToomeyND thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2011
    Even better. Thank you!
  5. linds15 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2012
    Great White North
    Will work fine. Just try to clean your clone a bit to not drag junk over
  6. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    I nuked the recovery partition, as I did a Snow Leopard install from my 2009 mini, but I'm going to add an SSD too.
    Can I reinstall the recoverypartition on the SSD, and then clone the current disk to the remainder of the SSD?
    Can't Diskutility just clone the disk it is running on?
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    "My question is, do I have to format and install OSX on the SSD before installing it?"

    It's not imperative, and things may go ok for you if you don't, but still I recommend that you do.

    If you wait until the new SSD is inside to do the installation, and discover that you're having problems, you _may_ have to pull the SSD back out again to solve them.

    If you get the SSD "up and running" BEFORE you install it, you already know it works "in your hands".

    A handy and inexpensive gadget that will make this easy is a USB3/SATA "docking station". You can find these for $25-30 over at amazon. And it will come in very useful in years ahead if you acquire another "bare" hard drive (or two).

    - Have the dock at hand
    - When the new drive arrives, put it into the dock, power everything up
    - Initialize the SSD with Disk Utility
    - Use CarbonCopyCloner (free to download and use for 30 days) to clone the contents of the internal to the new SSD. CCC can also clone the recovery partition.
    - DO A TEST BOOT BEFORE THE SWAP. Restart, hold down option key after startup sound and KEEP HOLDING IT DOWN. When you get to the finder, select the SSD with the arrow key and hit return. The Mini will boot from the docked SSD. When you get to the finder, verify that you _are_ booted from the SSD in "About this Mac" under the Apple menu.
    - With all this verified, now is the time to "do the swap".

    If you install the SSD into the Mini along with the existing HDD, and then boot to the recovery partition, and then attempt to use Disk Utility,
    (shouting intentional)
    If there are any files on the HDD that you want to preserve, you must back them up to an external drive first!

    If you want to keep the two drives "separate" (not "fused") after installation, you must NEVER run Disk Utility from the recovery partition, it will keep trying to repeat the above process...
  8. fatlardo macrumors 6502


    Mar 15, 2011
    O cool, bout the auto fusion part. Ima tackle this tomorrow.
  9. dangerly macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2009
    European Disunion
    -Use an external HDD enclosure
    -Boot your Mac in recovery mode
    -Use disk utility to clone your startup drive
    -Remove original HDD and install the newly cloned SSD
    -Download and install Trim Enabler
    This is what i did when i installed an SSD in my MBP.
    All worked fine.

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