Replacing HDD with SSD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PCforever?, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. PCforever? macrumors member

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    I am going to replace my HDD with an SSD and put my HDD in the optical drive bay. My question is how do I now load OSX on to the SSD, what is the process for formatting, partitioning? and in general setting it up.
    Thanks for your input
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    MacBook, MacBook Pro: Replacing the Hard Disk Drive, transferring data to the new HDD

    the guide includes:
    • 0. Identify your MacBook or MacBook Pro
    • 1. Getting a new HDD
    • 2. Guides to replace the internal HDD with a newer one
    • 3. Transferring data from the old HDD to the new HDD
    • 4. Using the optical disk drive (ODD) slot for placing an SSD or HDD inside the MB/P (OPTIBAY)


    To create a Clean Install (formerly known as Erase & Install) of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (the 29 USD Upgrade DVD is a fully working retail version of Mac OS X and does not need a prior installation of Mac OS X on the Mac), follow one of the following guides:

    Perform a Clean Install of OS X Lion on Your Mac
     
  3. daleski75 macrumors 68000

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    Do you wish to clone the hdd to the ssd or to start afresh?

    If 10.7 boot from the recovery partition go into disk utility partition/format and then install it couldn't be easier.
     
  4. PCforever? thread starter macrumors member

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    I'll probably do a clean install when ML is released as I'm due a free upgrade. But if I can't wait how would I boot from recovery partition if I've moved my HDD. Sorry for my naivety.
     
  5. daleski75 macrumors 68000

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    Hold down the ALT key when you power on your macbook pro and it should let you boot from any device with a boot signature on it and this also includes external devices as well.
     
  6. PCforever? thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you very much!
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    If you have a 2010 or newer Mac portable, you can boot to Recovery even with a blank disk installed since the recovery is in EFI (firmware).
     

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