hdd to ssd upgrade with bootcamp help

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fineaddme, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. fineaddme macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2010
    hi all
    i bought my first ssd for my early 2011 15" mbp.
    its a Crucial M4 512GB SSD and wanted some suggestions and help on how to set it up with bootcamp.

    i currently have lion and win7 on my hdd and also interested on installing ubuntu for triple boot but i have ubuntu on a vm right now.
    i am not sure whats the best way to set this all up.
    specially with win7 on the ssd. are there any specific settings i should change on win7 to have it properly setup with the ssd?
    i plan on using winclone to copy my win7 partition and moving that onto the ssd. is that ok to do or should i reinstall win7?
    and should i place my 750gb hdd in the optibay slot?

    thanks in advance
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    You're going to need rEFIt.

    No, why would there be? A SSD is the same thing as a hard drive, only the medium changes.

    Moving the partition over will not work with default OS X tools. You may be able to do this with 3rd party utilities such as WinClone, but personally I suggest you simply reinstall and save yourself potential trouble.

    If it has a built-in sudden motion sensor you can. If not I'd leave it in the regular HD spot.
  3. fineaddme thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2010
    why would i leave the hdd in hdd slot if i am replacing it with ssd?
    the ssd is a sata3 ssd and the hdd slot is rated for sata3
  4. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    It's really up to you, for extra protection I'd leave a non sudden-motion sensor equipped drive in it's original spot. If your hard drive has a SMS, disregard this.

    If you don't know what I'm talking about, a trip to Google would explain this better than I could.
  5. fineaddme, Jan 18, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2012

    fineaddme thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2010
    i know about sms. it was just a general question.

    my hdd is a 750gb toshiba but not sure if it has built in sms
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    The MBP has it's own SMS connected to the normal HD bay, which is why I mentioned this at all. It may cause problems or it may not, I have not done this mod myself.

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