Moving to SSD: Clone or rebuild?

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  1. gr4z macrumors regular

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    Hi
    I have just bought a X25-M SSD drive for my MBP (mid-2010). Is it recommend to clone my existing stock drive to get OSX on the SSD or should I rebuild from scratch and perhaps use Time Machine to recover all my apps and settings?
    Any advice appreciated.
    Thanks
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    If the SSD is large enough, I'd go the clone route personally.
     
  3. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    Negative.

    Please do a clean install.
     
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  5. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    Why not? Just start from scratch with a completely fresh system. I would. I never clone.
     
  6. maflynn, Nov 18, 2010
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    The advantages of cloning is that you don't have to worry about trying to migrate stuff that you want to keep, like email messages, while I use iMAP, there are messages I store locally.

    Additionally, getting all of my software, reloaded and/or reactivated and reconfigured is a slow and time consuming process. If there's no technical reasons why you shouldn't clone to a SSD.

    Cloning < 2 hours, and I'm running
    Reinstalling, days worth of work and the risk of missing something is high.
     
  7. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

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    Why in god's name would you NOT clone a perfectly good drive to another? Just so you can feel better about a clean install?
     
  8. koobcamuk macrumors 68040

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    Clone.

    It takes far too long for me to reinstall all of the software I have, so I always clone unless something terrible has happened (never happened, so never tried it).
     
  9. gr4z thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks chaps for the advice. I have only recently done a complete rebuild so will go for the clone. Any suggestions for software and technique? I have ordered a new Optibay drive from eBay to chuck my stock drive into - shall I use that or I have an old USB2 laptop drive enclosure I could use.
    Thanks
     

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