New SSD - Help Please

SayCheese

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Hi all,

I have just purchased an SSD for my MBP (early 2011) and it's getting delivered tomorrow.

I am currently running OS X 10.8.4. Am I right in thinking that if I take the current HD out and put in the SSD then turn the machine on again it will recognise that there is no OS on the SSD and then prompt me to re-download 10.8.4 from the mac app store and then allow me to set up as a new mac.

Once that's correct can I then connect what is currently the HD but will soon be the old HD to the MBP with a sata>USB cable and then use migration assistant to transfer applications and documents to the new SSD?

Hope that makes sense.

Thanks
 

SandboxGeneral

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Hi all,

I have just purchased an SSD for my MBP (early 2011) and it's getting delivered tomorrow.

I am currently running OS X 10.8.4. Am I right in thinking that if I take the current HD out and put in the SSD then turn the machine on again it will recognise that there is no OS on the SSD and then prompt me to re-download 10.8.4 from the mac app store and then allow me to set up as a new mac.

Once that's correct can I then connect what is currently the HD but will soon be the old HD to the MBP with a sata>USB cable and then use migration assistant to transfer applications and documents to the new SSD?

Hope that makes sense.

Thanks
One easy way to do this, and it's what I did, is to make sure you have an up-to-date Time machine backup done. Then put the new SSD in and boot the machine holding the Option button. Then go to Disk Utility and format the drive. Then you can hook up the Time Machine drive and restore your 10.8.4 installation and all apps and files.
 

Dalton63841

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It would be faster to install the SSD, then hook up the hard drive with the SATA-USB, and then boot into the hard drive. Use Disk Utility to format the SSD and then restore the Macintosh partition to the SSD.

EDIT: Unless you have Time Machine set up, then use ^ instructions.
 

53kyle

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1. Install the new drive
2. Start your mac holding option
3. Select your network, enter password if there is one
4. Press the arrow button on screen
5. Format your drive
6. Install OS and other data
 

SayCheese

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Thanks all. I don't currently have a time machine backup as I've never run time machine. This is one of the reasons for upgrading to an SSD as I am going to use the 750GB HD that the MBP came with as a time machine drive, I just need an enclosure to do so (next purchase).

I will follow the instructions and let you know how I get on. Thank you.

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1. Install the new drive
2. Start your mac holding option
3. Select your network, enter password if there is one
4. Press the arrow button on screen
5. Format your drive
6. Install OS and other data
Does this option download the OS from the mac app store?
 

SandboxGeneral

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Trim enabler? What's one of those?
It's a program used on third-party SSD's in Apple computers to help keep the SSD clean after garbage collection. It is a command that is executed in the background by the operative system when you delete files, informing the SSD that the blocks are no longer in use and can be deleted. By doing this, the SSD can avoid slowing down future write operations to those blocks.

There are two different ones to choose from:

Chameleon SSD Optimizer

Groth's TRIM Enabler
 

SayCheese

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Excellent thanks for the information. I will install when I get home.

It's a program used on third-party SSD's in Apple computers to help keep the SSD clean after garbage collection. It is a command that is executed in the background by the operative system when you delete files, informing the SSD that the blocks are no longer in use and can be deleted. By doing this, the SSD can avoid slowing down future write operations to those blocks.

There are two different ones to choose from:

Chameleon SSD Optimizer

Groth's TRIM Enabler