Hi All, My friend has an early 2008 17" MBP (intel C2D; 4gb ram) with an older hard drive and leopard installed. I am replacing her drive with an SSD and plan to bring the machine up to El Capitan since she meets all the specs. I understand that I first need to install snow leopard to do a traditional upgrade but here's my question: If she's not concerned about migrating over data, is it better to just format the SSD externally and install 10.11 on the drive via a bootable USB stick? My machine is already on 10.11 so I can do all this from my machine before popping it into her computer with my USB to Sata adapter. I guess what I'm wondering is: 1) Is there any benefit to upgrading her old machine to snow leopard first? 2) Will her machine miss out on any important EFI/firmware updates that have come along since Leopard if I do things this way vs. a traditional upgrade route of 10.5-->10.6-->10.11? Edited to remove another question Thank you all!