SSD Install procedure

GrassHoppa10

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I have a MBP 2010, for which I purchased a Samsung 830 256GB SSD.

I want to pull the HD, and replace with SSD. The HD will be for external use.

What is best way for me to install? Do I install SSD, and then boot with the <option R> to recover Lion? I have never formatted the new SSD yet. At what point do I format it GUID Partition table?

I imagine the holes for installing SSD will line up perfectly with the HD space once I pull the HD?

I have no problem reinstalling my apps, I want a fresh install.
 

sweetbrat

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I have a MBP 2010, for which I purchased a Samsung 830 256GB SSD.

I want to pull the HD, and replace with SSD. The HD will be for external use.

What is best way for me to install? Do I install SSD, and then boot with the <option R> to recover Lion? I have never formatted the new SSD yet. At what point do I format it GUID Partition table?

I imagine the holes for installing SSD will line up perfectly with the HD space once I pull the HD?

I have no problem reinstalling my apps, I want a fresh install.
The actual installation is super easy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd3RS-GGsCI

I didn't do a fresh install; I put my SSD in the enclosure I had purchased, used Carbon Copy Cloner to move everything to the SSD, then took the HDD out, put the SSD in and moved the HDD to the external enclosure. Since you want to do a fresh install, I'm not sure of the best method but I'm sure someone else here will be able to help. Also, check out the SSD thread in this forum - there's tons of useful info there.
 
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YsoSerious

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Oct 8, 2008
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I did a fresh install on mine just to be safe on the same samsung drive. Make sure you update the firmware to the latest one. You will need a windows machine to do that.
 
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user418

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Aug 22, 2010
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I have a MBP 2010, for which I purchased a Samsung 830 256GB SSD.

I want to pull the HD, and replace with SSD. The HD will be for external use.

What is best way for me to install? Do I install SSD, and then boot with the <option R> to recover Lion? I have never formatted the new SSD yet. At what point do I format it GUID Partition table?

I imagine the holes for installing SSD will line up perfectly with the HD space once I pull the HD?

I have no problem reinstalling my apps, I want a fresh install.

Perhaps this article will help. Also, you'll use the same holes and screws from the old HDD to install the new SSD.

http://macs.about.com/od/macoperatingsystems/ss/Perform-A-Clean-Install-Of-Os-X-Lion-On-Your-Mac.htm
 
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