Installing new SSD ... Reinstalling OS ?

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  1. EarthDawn macrumors 6502a

    EarthDawn

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    I'm installing my new SSD tonight and then using my old hd as an external drive for backup.
    It's brand new so the only thing on it is a couple days of web history lol.

    After I install the SSD do I just use the restore disks to reload the OS?

    Thanks
     
  2. shyam09 macrumors 68000

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    that is what i believe. but i suggest you go on youtube or google it.
    or just wait for other macrumor members to post a message

    here check this link out.. i think im right:
    http://discussions.apple.com/thread...989C916F5B.node0?messageID=12061436&#12061436
     
  3. chrdog macrumors newbie

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    I can tell you what I did a few days ago with my 3-day-old MPB when I installed a Kingston 128GB SSD. BTW this is assuming you have an external housing:
    1. Use Disk Utility to format the SSD which should be plugged into your external housing (you can partition here too I believe, but I didn't).

    2. Use SuperDuper to make a copy of the current hard drive.

    3. Install SSD

    4. Profit!

    I also did some of the tweaks mentioned in this thread:
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/apple-mac-os-x/479350-ssd-optibay-install-mid-2010-15-unibody.html
     
  4. shyam09 macrumors 68000

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    ok phew so my link was helpful.. was worried for a sec there!
     
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  6. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    I would rather do a fresh install of OS X, rather than cloning, for a SSD.

    Just install the SSD, boot from the OS X disc, install OS X, and transfer your files over when finished with the install.
     
  7. EarthDawn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think I will do this as I ment to say when I do the install I want to be able to NOT install some things I will never use that just take up space. Being a 40gb drive I don't want to load stuff I don't need.

    I have no files to transfer as my MacBook Pro is only 2 days old.

    Thanks for the help everyone !

    PS yes I got an express enclosure for my stock HD when I ordered from OWC
     
  8. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    Sounds good.

    BTW, what kind of SSD did you get?

    Edit: nevermind... just re-read and saw that you got it from OWC. I've heard good things about them!
     
  9. EarthDawn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    OWC Mercury Extreme Pro w/express enlosure... $114.99 + 10.04 for fedex second day air shipping.

    Get this... I ordered it at 6:58pm est Wednesday & I got it today, Thursday, @ 1:09 pm !

    Sick shipping time & great live chat help prior to ordering.
     
  10. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    Ya OWC is like the Newegg of the Mac community, if not better. They're really helpful and have awesome products!
     
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  12. EarthDawn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    FYI ...

    Install went flawless.. all updates etc. took about 2 hours.

    Runs FAST and boots up ridiculously fast !

    Thanks again for all the help
     

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