The hdd in my 2010 macbook pro died recently and I have just replaced it with an SSD and added 8gb of ram. Now I have a bit of a dilemma and cant figure out the best way to go about running my new mac mini alongside my macbook. Here are the details hopefully someone can come up with the best solution. My macbook will be running Snow Leopard (only install disc I have, its installing at the moment) and I want to upgrade it to Mountain Lion so it up to date with the new mac mini I have. My mac mini did not come with an install disc, so I was wondering if there was any way of using the copy of mountain lion I own for my mac mini and installing it on my macbook (I have read something about the app store and being able to download the installer when signed in but im not sure, I never used the app store until I was forced to on M lion on my mac mini). The other problem I have is that I have a time machine back up of my macbook (its a month or two out of date but no doubt has some meaningful files I would like to get back and possibly uni work) but I dont want to restore my laptop to how it was before because it was clogged up with loads of useless files and other stuff as well. I just want to be able to take any files I need from the time machine back up and put them on a fresh install and reinstall any apps. The final consideration I had was the possibility of making a copy of my mac minis drive and apps etc and restoring that to my macbook to save me reinstalling everything that is already on my mac mini. Would this be possible (after updating to mountain lion I assume?) as it would save me having to reinstall everything especially logic and all the content? one worry I have is about the plug ins and licences for certain software relating to logic and that they will not work without reactivation (though this would still end up being easier than reinstalling all my apps, logic etc). So can anyone give come up with the best way to go about this? I cant think of the best way to go about it all. To sum it up I just want to upgrade it to mountain lion, hopefully get back anything I can from my time machine back up (without restoring my macbook to how it was before) and get all my apps etc on to it so it is up to date with what is on my mac mini. A final question (sorry) how difficult would it be to plug in the drive that died to my pc and try to retrieve the files off it that way? I know that mac file systems are different but i had a program that allowed me to read mac file systems on my pc so is this an option. the drive was sluggish for a few days and made loads of clicking noises then one night it gave up and froze repeatedly in os x and then on restarting a few times it wouldnt load into os x at all and would just click and sound like it was struggling, is there any hope left or is it totally dead? sorry for the huge amount of questions and text, just figured it would be easier to answer with more info. thanks!