OS install question when upgrading HD in late 2008 MBP

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  1. tirexstorm macrumors regular

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    I currently have a late 2008 Macbook Pro running Mavericks that I use as a spare computer. I was thinking about upgrading to an SSD. If I put a new drive in, can I install Mavericks directly onto the drive (with a bootable USB flash drive) or do I have to install Snow Leopard again and then upgrade through the App Store? I lost my SL disks, so I am looking for an alternative.
     
  2. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Yes of course! You can install any version the same or later than the one that came with your computer
     
  3. tirexstorm thread starter macrumors regular

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    Followup question:

    Can I install the new drive into my computer, then use the bootable USB drive to do the install, or do I need to use put the drive in an external case first, do the install, then swap out drives?
     
  4. jg321 macrumors 6502

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    You can install from the USB to either an enclosure, or the installed drive.

    Just double check your USB drive boots before you take anything apart!
     
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  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Internet Recovery didn't come along until 2010/2011 models.
     
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  8. rajivhifi macrumors member

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    Backup you existing drive into an external drive via Time Machine. Swap the drives and bring everything back from the Time Machine. Your macbook will be retain existing settings and programs. You'll find videos on youtube on how to swap to SSD.
     
  9. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    Oh really :\
     
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