Proper procedure for putting a new HDD in UMBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by vader1990, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. vader1990 macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2008

    I bought my Unibody Macbook Pro about a week after it was released and I truly love it. I have been looking into benchmarks and stuff, and the general vibe is that SSD drives def. improve performance by a lot, a great deal more than a RAM upgrade. I plant o upgrade my 250GB 5400RPM HDD to a SSD drive. Not a big one, since I don't use that much, but a decent one. I want to use the internal 250GB HDD as an external.

    I wanted to know, if there is a way to fully 100% clone my internal right now onto my new SSD? Like I want the SSD to be EXACTLY like my HDD right now? How do I do this? What is the proper step by step procedure? I basically want all my little apps to work on the new SSD without me doing anything....

    Is there a way?

    Thanks a lot guys!!
  2. xoggyux macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    carbon copy cloner to clone the drive works awsome (make sure you formate the target drive first though) has a step by step guide to open and replace the HDD, take a look there, however read the whole guide before taking out the first screw as for my laptop I found I needed a #6 torx screwdriver half way in the surgery (for mine I used #00 phillips and #6 torx)
    and for a cheap recommendation (~128gb) ssd drive check here:
    It will not stand at the same level than the intel and samsung alternatives but again this one is almost 5 times cheaper and performs just great.
  3. vader1990 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2008
    can anyone link me one of these ifixit guides? thanks!!
  4. xoggyux macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    I think they do not have an specific "HDD how to" for the unibody MBP 15" but here is a whole disassembly guide, just follow the steps until you get to the HDD and ignore the not related steps:
    remember to get torx #6 and phillips #00 (I think in this guide they do tell you at the beginning but just to make sure)

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