Installing SSD. Step by step guide available?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Fugue, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. Fugue macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2011
    I'm planning to install an SSD in my 2011 13" MBP. Before I do it, is there a guide on everything, including the software part, of the installation?

    I want to install a fresh copy of SL on the SSD. Would I put the SSD in, boot up with the SL disk, and start the process?

    Also, what screwdrivers are needed? I currently have the Philips 00 screwdriver for the bottom lid, but I hear there is another that is needed to remove the HDD?

  2. satchow macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2011
    Yup, Phillips #00 to take the screws off the bottom and a Torx 6 to take out the screws around the harddrive.

    Be sure when you're screwing the case back on, that some of the screws are going in at an angle or else it wont fit right.

    And yes, put in the SSD. Boot up your SL disc, use Disk Utility to format the drive, then install SL.
  3. Fugue thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2011
    What exactly happens during the Disk Utility drive format stage? I don't want any surprises hehe.

    Torx 6...Do hardware stores (like Home Depot) sell them, or should I hit up eBay or iFixit?
  4. satchow macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2011
    Wouldn't be surprised if you already have some torx screwdrivers laying around in a set already. Any place that sells computer stuff should have them too, I don't know if a Home Depot would have them since they're more precision tools instead of industrial. I'd try Radio Shack first, then Walmart.

    You boot up the disc, and you click up top to access Disk utility. Click your installation drive (the SSD) on the left, and click Erase... from there you just choose it was HFS Journaled and let it do its thing. Close disk utility then proceed to install SL.
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I have seen tool sets at HD that include both the #00 Phillips head and the Torx head you need. It comes in a little kit with a handle and interchangeable tips.

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