Just Got New Macbook, Problem Though?

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  1. CaucasionInvasn macrumors member

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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:)
     
  2. matperk macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  3. jbuk macrumors regular

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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.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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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.
     
  5. Mintin8 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with this. Turn it on first, even if its only for a few minutes.
     
  6. CaucasionInvasn thread starter macrumors member

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  7. nstreet16 macrumors newbie

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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!
     
  8. CaucasionInvasn thread starter macrumors member

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  9. Teh Don Ditty macrumors G4

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    Wrong.

    You can upgrade your own RAM and Hard drive in the MacBooks and MBPs.
     
  10. nstreet16 macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  11. Teh Don Ditty macrumors G4

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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.
     
  12. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Thank you Mister Ditty. That was most helpful.
     
  13. CaucasionInvasn thread starter macrumors member

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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
     
  14. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    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.


    They lied to you. Really. Sometimes the manual does actually prevail.
     
  15. ayeying macrumors 601

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    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
     
  16. CaucasionInvasn thread starter macrumors member

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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!
     
  17. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I'm sorry, does Post #14 not answer most your question?
     
  18. CaucasionInvasn thread starter macrumors member

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    ok so just put in new ssd. start computer. put disk in and do whatever it says. right
     
  19. CaucasionInvasn thread starter macrumors member

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    and should i buy a retail version of the os x or just use the grey disk
     
  20. Mintin8 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, It will ask you what drive you want to install mac osx on and you click on your SSD.

    Use your grey disc?
     
  21. CaucasionInvasn thread starter macrumors member

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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?
     
  22. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Insert disk
    Restart computer
    Hold down C key.
    There is no step 4.
     
  23. prodigee macrumors 6502a

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    Insert the disc before it boots and it will load you don't need to press any buttons or what have you.
     
  24. matperk macrumors 6502

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    Completely new drive probably requires formatting and proper partitioning as I mentioned above to make it Mac bootable.
     
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