I finally worked up the courage to open up my MBP and install the damn thing. I removed my HDD after I copied all my important files and put the SSD in. I installed the original OS then upgraded to Lion. It's pretty much up to date now. Since I changed my mind last minute when I purchased it and went to 256, I have a lot more space than I had originally planned. Right now, my SSD drive is basically just a "standard" MBP with none of my stuff on it. I was thinking of copying over my document, downloads and desktop folders onto it. And then I re-install all of my apps, which is great since I had a lot of apps that installed just for fun that I no longer used. I'm also thinking of just formatting the 500GB HDD I have that will contain my Music and Photos. I will then transfer back the backup I have onto the drive. For some reason, I don't think deleting everything on the drive would equate to a format and putting new data on. I could be wrong though. My question is, if I do put just my music and photo folder in a formatted HDD, would I be able to redirect iTunes and iPhoto/Aperture to this HDD? Does the HDD need to have some sort of OS? Sorry, this is all new to me. I'm inexperienced when it comes to mac hardware.