Clean Install On New SSD...Still Foggy

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by macbeliever, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. macbeliever macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2008
    A little background on my situation;

    in 2005 I purchased my fist Macbook Pro. Since then I'm on my 4th actual Macbook Pro, should've been 3rd but a week ago my wife plugged in a frayed USB and fried my motherboard on a 13 month old MBP.

    On every machine since my first I've simply fired up every new machine just by plugging in and external hard drive and letting Time Machine drop everything onto the new hard drive. I know it wasn't the cleanest way to do it but I never experienced any slowdowns, etc.

    Last week I performed my same routine and now my new MBP is really slow. So I've decided to do a clean install of Yosemite, all software & of course my data.

    I've also purchased a new SSD from Crucial since I may as well move everything onto a faster drive.

    I understand that I have to create a boot disk and will have to install all of my applications again. Where I'm drawing a blank is on my data.

    How do I drop my data onto the new SSD using Time Machine without all of the previous network setting and other dirty/old processes being re-istalled also?

    I will have 3 up to date backups of my data so I'm not worried about losing any of it.

    I know there seem to be thousands of posts here on Macrumors and out on the inter webs but I can't seem to find the exact answer.

    I'm open to any and all suggestions...thanks.
  2. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here

    in your case, here is what I would do :

    NB : I would not use Time Machine and would not need to create a boot disk.

    1. from your MBP, still with the "old" hard drive : go to the App Store and download Yosemite.
    Do not install it (quit the installer).

    2. open the MBP, put the "old" disk in a USB external enclosure, put the new SSD into the MBP.

    3. connect the USB external to the MBP, do an Alt key boot to boot up from your external drive.

    4. use Disk Utility to format the internal SSD (Mac OS Extended journaled, GUID partition scheme)

    5. launch the Yosemite installer, select the SSD as destination.

    6. when the installation is completed, boot up from the internal disk, set up your admin account.
    Do NOT import data from your old drive at that time.

    7. check that all is fine, then install your applications, then manually import your data (NOT your settings) from your external drive.
  3. Badagri macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2012
    How on earth did it fry it?
  4. macbeliever thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2008
    At the male phone end of the lightening cable the wires were pulled from the contacts and touching. It sent power right back into the motherboard. I had 2 different companies look at it and they both told e the same thing.

    I pulled everything out of it that was salvageable and I'll sell the rest of Craigslist to try to recover some of the money that I lost. My wife freaked out, she plugged it in to the MBP to charge her phone. The funny thing is I have 4-5 Amazon Basic cables around the house/cars because I never use cheap cables. But I use it for business so I had to get a new one up and running literally within hours.


    Thanks Bruno,

    When you wrote "manually import your data" you mean to drag it from my "old" to the new one, right?

    Thank You!
  5. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here
    Yes you are correct.
  6. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Buy an external and do backup to save your music, etc to it. Then Dowload the Yosemite I stall but quit the auto start. It then will be saved installer in your Applications folder. Then follow the steps in article
    How to make a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite install drive
    that you could use on that new SSD drive.

    Lastly you could use Migrartion Assistant to bring your data backin from that external backup.

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