HHD --> SSD + HDD with a clean install of the OS; how would you do it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mrwynkler, May 13, 2015.

  1. mrwynkler macrumors newbie

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    Hey there!

    Hoping you guys can help me, new to posting in the forum but have been an observer for many years :D

    I currently have a Macbook Pro9,2 - Mid 2012 13” 2.5GHz i5 8GB RAM. The default hard drive is slowing down in life, plus I have been doing more video editing with the video files taking up more space, so I decided to invest in an SSD and a HDD, with the plan of removing the optimal drive bay, and installing both.

    Currently: 500GB APPLE HDD HTS547550A9E384

    Upgrade: 250GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD
    1TB Hitachi HTS721010A9E630 Travelstar 7K1000

    In addition, I have an external enclosure (The idea being I will put the original 500gb drive in it) and an external drive bay enclosure for the MBP superdrive. Also I have tools for disassembly etc.

    Now I have found many many guides for installing straight from a hdd to an ssd but not so much for a split from hdd to a ssd and hdd. To make things even more complex I was hoping to do a clean install of the OS, choosing which files to take with me (I migrated the past TWO macs I had, so it is definitely time for a clean refresh I thought?).

    It may sound stupid but I don’t know the best way to do this. If people could give me there thoughts/plan of attack I would greatly appreciate it. Also, how people would split the what goes to the ssd and what to the hdd!

    You guys are awesome so I look forward to your response; I feel like I’m Apollo 13 and you guys are Ground Control creating me a CO2 filter out of my equipment!

    Many thanks and let me know if I'm missing any info out and I will update. Thanks again guys! :)
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    You could use the guides to create your own DIY fusion drive. That way, OS X will automatically shift files between the HDD and the SSD based on your usage.
     
  3. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Just install the SSD in the HDD bay, and use an optibay for the upgraded HDD.

    Internet recovery will allow you to download and re-install OSX.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201314

    I'd just install OSX on the SSD and keep everything else on the HDD.
     
  4. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    When I did the same thing, I simply popped the SSD in, installed OS X onto, clean install.

    Once I was satisfied everything worked to my liking, I installed the hard drive in my opti-bay. Transferred all my files by hand to an external, formatted the hard drive 2 parition (1 for OS X storage, 1 for Windows storage) and put my files back in.
     
  5. illusionx macrumors 6502

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    As a secondary drive, Samsung (Seagate) have this SpinPoint 2TB drive that can fit in the optibay.
     
  6. simonsi macrumors 601

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    I have the SSD in the Optibay but aside from that:

    I cloned the HDD to the SSD except the iTunes Media folder and my photo library (80GB and 250GB respectively at the time).

    Once cloned I booted from the SSD, then pointed iTunes and Aperture to their libraries on the HDD.

    Once happy everything was working normally, I deleted all files on the HDD except the iTunes Media folder and my photo library.

    Job done.
     

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