Just installed a SSD need help

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dmilt23451, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. dmilt23451 macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2012
    Hey guys I have tried searching for this but haven't been able to come up with the information that I need.

    I just installed a SSD into my optical bay slot using a data doubler and have formatted the drive.

    I am now sort of at a loss as to how I should go about making this my boot disk with all of my applications on it. I'm hoping that I can use my time machine backups so that I don't have to go and re-install everything.

    I know this is an awfully newbish question but your help is appreciated.
  2. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    data doubler what a waste of money :(

    The easiest thing is to just copy your old hard drive. If the old hdd is in the hd bay still and the ssd in the optibay (or the otherway around it really doesn't matter) You startup the MBP as always, download Carbon Copy Cloner from the web and just copy the hard drive.
    Next all you need to do is shutdown and boot from the ssd. delete everything on the old hdd ergo just format it.

    The more time consuming solution (if your old hdd is already empty) is to reinstall OSX. Depending on your notebook there are different ways.
    Online with Lion (takes forever)
    by install discs - if not obvious how it works just search google
    or install flash drive -> google
  3. claythrow macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2012

    Is your ssd sata 3? (6gb). I have a late 2011 17" and I was not able to boot from the ssd in the optical bay...no way, no how. I don't have an explanation why. I also can't get a raid to function, it just continues to drop that drive.

    I tried everything, but just t give you an idea, I would take the working drive and simply move it to the optical bay slot and change the startup disk but it just won't go, I think because of the problems the 15" and 17" have with sata 3 in the optical spot.

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