SSD upgrade help

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  1. passey macrumors member

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    Im receiveg my 240GB Samsung 840 SSD this morning.

    Im going to carbon copy all the data from my HDD onto it as its only os and apps atm. about 70GB i think.

    I then want to use the 1TB HDD as data storage.

    If i erase the HDD once copied and booted from SSD this wont remove the recovery sections on the HDD will it?

    Would I still be able to recover to the 1TB in the future if i wanted / needed to?
     
  2. justperry macrumors 604

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    Boot of the SSD before erasing the HD, be sure it is bootable.
     
  3. passey thread starter macrumors member

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    as long as it boots then I can still reover in the future to the 1tb if i need to?
     
  4. justperry macrumors 604

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    Yes, I just gave a warning to see if it boots first, you would not be the first one to CCC a drive and then it won't boot.
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    It depends how you erase. The 650 Recovery partition is hidden, so if you just erase the Macintosh HD partition on the HDD, the Recovery HD partition will still be there. However, if you select the drive brand name (like Seagate 500GB) in Disk Util when you erase the HDD and not just Macintosh HD, that will erase the Recovery HD partition.

    Only if you have something to boot from with a Recovery HD partition on it. So if you can still boot from the SSD, you could use that to get things installed back on the HDD if you had to. Don't know what year your iMac it, but the newer ones support Internet recovery from the machine's firmware so you could recover from that.

    You can also boot and recover from a USB external Time Machine backup if you have one.
     
  6. passey thread starter macrumors member

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    ive got a 500GB seagate portable HDD im going to setup as a time machine backup once ssd is setup and its a new late 2012 model imac.
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You are in good shape then. You could either option key boot to the Time Machine backup, or use the built in firmware recovery boot.
     
  8. passey thread starter macrumors member

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    cool.

    Drives arrived just waiting for the HDD caddy now with usb connection.
     
  9. passey thread starter macrumors member

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    all arrived install and booting off it now.

    speed test I just ran

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  10. trustever macrumors 6502

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    Your test speed is on a Samsung 840 (not pro) in an external caddy right?
    Is this caddy a Tunder Bolt or USB 3?
     
  11. passey thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi

    Yes its the 840 not the pro model.

    Its in a thermaltake silver river 5g 2.5" USB3.0 case and no extra power cables connected.
     
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