Replace MBP HD with Samsung 830, anything special need to be done?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by oldguru, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. oldguru macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2012
    I am take the 830 SSD from my Thinkpad and put it into Macbook Pro 2012.

    - Time machine to backup the MBP HHD
    - Replace HHD with SSD
    - Command+R to boot into "Recovery from Internet"
    - Recover Time machine backup to SSD

    Anything need special attention?
    I heard the SSD needs to enable Trim feature? How to do it?
  2. RichGiles macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2013
    I don't understand how this works but then I'm a newbie with apple laptops, if you time machine backup the old hdd and change it for an ssd, how can you restore from the time machine backup you just made, surely the time machine back up sits on the old hard drive your replacing....

    Or am I missing a key bit of knowledge here, which is very possible as I am knew to apple hardware as I said.
  3. oldguru thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2012
    Disk_A (HDD) --> USB Drive via Time Machine
    USB Dirve --> Disk_B (SSD)

    that's it. It works perfectly.
  4. chmodme macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2012
    can't add much

    But I will suggest, if time matters, to consider purchasing a copy of Carbon Copy Cloner.

    This will allow a much, much faster full restore of your entire disk to the new one.

    But, TM will work as others indicate. It's a solid solution.

  5. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Do a clean install of OS X, not a HDD to SSD entire clone.

    Check out my SSD Guides in my sig for SSD Optimizations/Tweaks.
  6. oldguru thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2012
    thanks, I just read your post about SSD tweaking, great value post! Have followed most of the advice in the post

    What's the reason to do a clean installation, but not use CCC or TM to recover?
  7. chmodme macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2012
    ha ha. You are opening a can of worms.

    For every five people who swear by one method, you can find five who oppose it.

    As the saying goes, pick a lane and stay in it. :D

  8. Ifti macrumors 68000

    Dec 14, 2010
    This is exactly what I done to my Samsung 830 SSD, and its been spot on ever since installing.
    I reinstalled the OS and then restored a TM backup. Everything works perfectly fine, and has done for months.
    I have a video in my YouTube channel on the 830 install if you need any help with that ;)

    Also I used TRIM Enabler to enable TRIm on the SSD, and it works perfectly fine ;)
  9. oldguru thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2012
    Thanks for sharing the experience. Just curious about one thing:
    Option 1.
    To re-install the OSX. Then recover the Time Machine
    Option 2.
    To recover directly from Time Machine

    Is Option 1 and Option 2 have any difference?
  10. gngan macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2009
    Used CCC to clone my HDD to SSD. Working flawlessly so far *knock on wood*
  11. Ifti macrumors 68000

    Dec 14, 2010
    Probably not, I just wanted a fresh copy of all install files etc and then restored my settings, data and apps etc.

    I've done a superduper clone to a previous SSD and that was also perfectly fine for the 2 years I had it, until I upgraded the machine.
    Personally I don't buy in to all the scare stories about cloning being bad with SSDs.
  12. ColdCase, Apr 6, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2013

    ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    The choice of fresh install, clone, or TM recovery has nothing to do with SSD install. They are choices based on OS preferences only. The SSD tweaks referenced are not necessary, perhaps even dangerous for the average user. Install a SSD just like any other Hard drive. In years past there may have been helpful tweaks, but those have been overtaken by events (SSD tech has been moving so fast). There are special cases, of course.
  13. 0r30 macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2010
    Not sure if anyone said this but make sure you format the new SSD to
    mac osx extended journaled before installing your Mac OS on it.
  14. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    There's already a very long and very detailed thread on this. Search terms Samsung 830 should find it.

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