Just Got New Macbook, Problem Though?

CaucasionInvasn

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Ok i just got my new 13inch macbook in the mail today (from apple) along with an 80 GB ssd (from amazon)

My question is before i do anything (even turn on computer) i am going to install my new ssd. Then after that what are the steps i need to take. Obviously turn it on but whats after that?

Please no flaming i really dont understand to much about this stuff. Thanks:)
 

matperk

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Boot up using your restore discs, and use disk utility to format the drive into a GUID (in options under partition tab) and 1 Mac OS Journaled partition. Then quit disk utility and install the OS. You'll have to reinstall ilife after as well.
 

jbuk

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Turn it on and insert the grey install disc that comes with your MacBook. Choose Tools > Disk Utilities and erase your new SSD (or partition) to HFS+. Install OS X, choosing your new SSD partition as the target.

After this, you might need to install things like iLife from the other disks.
 

maflynn

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Personally, I'd verify that the laptop is functioning as it should before doing any work on it.

What happens if the machine doesn't boot up, work or something appears to be out of order. You'd be wondering if you did something wrong, or the SSD was defective or the MBP.

Start off with a baseline and validate the laptop is functioning perfectly, then proceed to upgrade it.
 

Mintin8

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Personally, I'd verify that the laptop is functioning as it should before doing any work on it.

What happens if the machine doesn't boot up, work or something appears to be out of order. You'd be wondering if you did something wrong, or the SSD was defective or the MBP.

Start off with a baseline and validate the laptop is functioning perfectly, then proceed to upgrade it.
I agree with this. Turn it on first, even if its only for a few minutes.
 

nstreet16

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Dec 1, 2009
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i hope u know if u buy a new macbook and install a new hard drive, it voids ur warranty.

trust me, i wanted to do the same cuz i know i could get hard drives cheaper than what they are charging me for!
 

Teh Don Ditty

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i hope u know if u buy a new macbook and install a new hard drive, it voids ur warranty.

trust me, i wanted to do the same cuz i know i could get hard drives cheaper than what they are charging me for!
Wrong.

You can upgrade your own RAM and Hard drive in the MacBooks and MBPs.
 

nstreet16

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Dec 1, 2009
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Wrong.

You can upgrade your own RAM and Hard drive in the MacBooks and MBPs.
Nope, ram u can upgrade as long as it is apple certified memory. Hard drives won't because you opened your computer and they can't be held liable for any problem your hard drive causes.

i only say that because i asked repeatedly if i could do that and was told by multiple apple personnel that it would void the warranty.
 

Teh Don Ditty

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Nope, ram u can upgrade as long as it is apple certified memory. Hard drives won't because you opened your computer and they can't be held liable for any problem your hard drive causes.

i only say that because i asked repeatedly if i could do that and was told by multiple apple personnel that it would void the warranty.
Wrong again.

You can put any type of RAM in there as long as it's DDR3 SO-DIMMs

Same with the harddrive.

It's pretty clear you can do that when it's listed in Apple's own User Guide (Warning: PDF). See page 37.
 

rdowns

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Wrong again.

You can put any type of RAM in there as long as it's DDR3 SO-DIMMs

Same with the harddrive.

It's pretty clear you can do that when it's listed in Apple's own User Guide (Warning: PDF). See page 37.


Thank you Mister Ditty. That was most helpful.
 

CaucasionInvasn

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Jun 11, 2009
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ok thank you.
Now can someone so kindly give me a step by step procedure to doing this.

Step 1 :install ssd
Step 2 :start computer
Step 3 : Put in grey disk (OS disk)

Whats after i dont understand the above posts remember im a noob!:p
 

GoCubsGo

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ok thank you.
Now can someone so kindly give me a step by step procedure to doing this.

Step 1 :install ssd
Step 2 :start computer
Step 3 : Put in grey disk (OS disk)

Whats after i dont understand the above posts remember im a noob!:p
You can be a noob here but really? If you're a noob to computing why do you even want an SSD? Do you know the benefits of such?

Just curious.

Either way, you will have to boot from the disc, there is no OS on the SSD so you have to put one on there. From there install the OS and get cracking.


Nope, ram u can upgrade as long as it is apple certified memory. Hard drives won't because you opened your computer and they can't be held liable for any problem your hard drive causes.

i only say that because i asked repeatedly if i could do that and was told by multiple apple personnel that it would void the warranty.
They lied to you. Really. Sometimes the manual does actually prevail.
 

ayeying

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i hope u know if u buy a new macbook and install a new hard drive, it voids ur warranty.

trust me, i wanted to do the same cuz i know i could get hard drives cheaper than what they are charging me for!
No it doesn't. It voids the warranty on that part, or if the whole computer ONLY if you screw up and damage other parts
 

CaucasionInvasn

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Jun 11, 2009
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ok thank you.
Now can someone so kindly give me a step by step procedure to doing this.

Step 1 :install ssd
Step 2 :start computer
Step 3 : Put in grey disk (OS disk)

Whats after i dont understand the above posts remember im a noob!
 

GoCubsGo

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Feb 19, 2005
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ok thank you.
Now can someone so kindly give me a step by step procedure to doing this.

Step 1 :install ssd
Step 2 :start computer
Step 3 : Put in grey disk (OS disk)

Whats after i dont understand the above posts remember im a noob!
I'm sorry, does Post #14 not answer most your question?
 

CaucasionInvasn

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Jun 11, 2009
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should i wait for my computer to boot up and then insert the disc. Or just insert it right away. I heard after you insert it i should hold c and restart my computer. Is this true?
 

rdowns

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should i wait for my computer to boot up and then insert the disc. Or just insert it right away. I heard after you insert it i should hold c and restart my computer. Is this true?

Insert disk
Restart computer
Hold down C key.
There is no step 4.