i know this has probably been answered previously.
i'm looking to purchase an OWC ssd for my mid 2011 11 inch air
i just need to know the simplest way to get OS X back up and running after the ssd is swapped over
i did find something called lion diskmaker, is that any good?
even a link to the previously answered thread would be fantastic
Clone your old disk to an external USB disk first (the size should be big enough to hold your occupied portion of your disk). However since ML does not allow you to clone the partition you booted from using the Disk Utility, you need to boot from the recovery partition (hold the alt key as you boot) and do it from the Disk Utility there. Use the "Restore" option.
Check to make sure that you cloned the recovery partition as well. If you hold the "alt" key while you are booting after the cloning, you should see two recovery partitions now; one on the internal disk and the other one on the cloned USB disk.
Once you have cloned your old disk, replace the internal drive with the OWC drive. Connect the external USB clone and boot it from the recovery partition of the external USB drive. Go to the Disk utility again and repeat the cloning again using Restore, but this time from the USB drive to the newly installed internal drive.
You can also use CCC (Carbon Copy Cloner) for cloning. The advantage CCC has over the Disk Utility is that it allows you to clone the partition you booted from.
The above method will allow you to continue from where you left before the disk swap. However, if you just want to install the OS X, then boot from the recovery partition of your cloned USB and after that just choose the Re-Install OS X option. That way you will will end up with a machine as it came from the Apple store.