New SSD - Installing Lion

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by CaleM3, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. CaleM3 macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2011
    Ok, so after reading the SSD Buying Guide thread and many other threads, I am still a little confused on what to do. So...

    I just bought a Refurbished MBP Early 2011 15" 2 ghz (Lion came installed) and decided to buy a Crucial M4 128 GB SSD and Crucial 8 GB memory kit. Before I go about installing everything I want to make sure I am clear on how to go about installing/formatting the drive as well as doing a fresh install of Lion. So after installing the SSD, can I do an internet recovery of Lion? Do I need to format the SSD before doing this? I bought the transfer kit version from Crucial, but honestly, I probably do not need it as there is nothing to transfer because I don't have anything on it yet and I have all my files on an external enclosure from my PC. So to recap, I just want to install the new SSD and install Lion fresh - what is the easiest way (Time doesn't matter)?
  2. tahoeroscoe macrumors regular


    Apr 25, 2009
    Make sure you create a USB recovery key.

    Remove old HDD

    Install new SSD

    Boot up with the recovery key.

    Follow on screen instructions.


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