New SSD - Installing Lion

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

  1. CaleM3 macrumors member

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    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

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    Make sure you create a USB recovery key.

    Remove old HDD

    Install new SSD

    Boot up with the recovery key.

    Follow on screen instructions.

    Done.
     

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