Goal: Install SSD in optibay Conditions: 10.6.8, File Vault User Account I have a MBP 13" Early 2011. 160 GB SSD: Intel x25-m G2, Latest Firmware, accord to Intel website I know there are a million threads about different variations of this, but I wanted to get suggestions for how to make the above configuration work. I'm especially curious about FILE VAULT, since I haven't come across too many threads about it. I don't know how easily it moves about to new drives. (is it just treated as a password protected file folder?) I'd like to end up with this final config: 160 GB SSD - 10.6.8, FileVault User Account, Users Folder here 320 GB HDD - Bootcamp Win7 and Big Media Files No Sym linking. Reminds me too much of registry hacking, I want to keep this simple. Will I want to? Will use Groths' TrimEnabler This is the process I'm considering using: -Identify "Big Media Files" with Disk Inventory X, and move to Storage-HDD and Storage-HDD backup. -Backup entire current system (10.6 w/ filevault) to TimeMachine-HDD, minus the Big Media Files -Physically install SSD to optibay w/ caddy. -Fresh Install OSX 10.6 to SSD, using external DVD drive. ***OR*** Can I / Should I install OSX to the SSD on an external HDD dock, in order to test, first? Are there potential drawbacks to installing over a USB bus vs SATA? (It feels a little sketchy to me..) -Use migration assistant to import files/settings from TimeMachine-HDD. (I'm not going to use CCC, want to install and migrate) -Test SSD booting, functionality -Wipe Internal-HDD, and partition for Bootcamp and OSX for Big Files -Move Big Media Files back from Storage-HDD to Internall-HDD Thoughts: I'd like to keep the User Folder on the SSD, since this is where most of the applications will be accessing the Library subfolder, right? And I will simply have to redirect applications to my Internal-HDD for the larger (media) files. As far as I know, most of the kinks have been worked out of TrimEnable for 10.6.8? The Firmware on my 32nm x25-m G2 is updated and allows TRIM. Thank you very much for reading this long email. How does this sound?