I decided to buy a Crucial 256GB SSD for my 2010 MBP

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  1. Alexjones macrumors 6502

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    Two questions.. Will this increase the life of my MBP and what are the types of Phillips screwdrivers i need?
     
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    Yes it will increase your life, it did on my '11 quite noticeably.

    Not sure on the philips size, they are pretty small, I just have a small "jewelers set with 5 sizes".

    However you will need a #6 torx bit., that is the one thats a bit tricky, I was lucky enough to track down the bit in a set at radio shack. But is not a common size when it comes to just finding one anywhere.
     
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    Home Depot sells a small screwdriver with multiple tips (about 6 or 8 that store in the handle). It is a Husky brand (their house brand) and it has everything that you will need for the project, the torx tip and the philip's tip. It is less than $10.
     
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    I want to do a clean install of SL using the DVD that came with the machine. Do i just install the SSD and then insert the Snow leopard disk or are there further steps i have to take ? I want this to be as painless as possible
     
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    The Phillips screwdriver size is #00 for the bottom case screws.
    You don't really need the T6 Torx to get the 4 screws off the old hard drive, you can easily just use needle nose pliers.
    Yes, boot to the SL DVD after installation by pressing Option. It's super painless. Getting a SSD is a decision you won't regret.
     
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    Thats it? What about firmware?
     
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    So let me get this straight before i hit the submit my order button on Crucial.com...i just install the SSD, Insert the SL disk , Boot up from the SL DVD and installation will begin?
     
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    after yout boot from the SL disc, you'll need to go into the disk utility and partition it before installing the OS, but otherwise, that's it.


    What I would do, is create the firmware update disc on your existing set up and use it to flash the firmware before you even start installing the OS.
     
  10. Alexjones thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How do i do that?

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    How do i do that? I thought i thought its done after i install the SSD
     
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    which part? Updating the firmware or partitioning the drive?
     
  12. Alexjones thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Both. Before my SSD arrives on Tuesday, What must i do pre installation of the drive? Isnt updating the firmware done after installation? Im confused


    Originally Posted by Tiki35
    You can update the firmware on your new SSD if it does not come with the latest version.

    http://www.crucial.com/support/firmware.aspx
     
  13. fat jez macrumors 68000

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    Yep, burn the firmware from the link below onto a DVD (you can do this now). Then when you install the SSD, boot from the DVD you created and update the firmware. Then boot from your SL disc and use Disk Utility to create a partition on the SSD. Finally, install SL.

    Crucial M4 Firmware

    Clean Installing Snow Leopard on a new drive.
     
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    Alexjones thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok. I made my boot disk using my windows PC. Will the SSD work without updating firmware? It sounds risky
     
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    Of course it will. Don't over think it. You're going to drive yourself nuts... :)
     

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