I'm going to be replacing my 320GB HD with a 256GB Crucial M4 in a few days. Then will move 320GB drive into DVD bay. I have a 15" 2010 MBP. My current drive has a 40GB Bootcamp partition, the Lion Recovery partition, and then about a 280GB OSX partition. That partition is currently about 230GB full. (If there are issues cloning the drive this full, I can move my 40GB iPhoto library off before I start). What I want to end up with is the new SSD with no bootcamp, just the Lion recovery partition. Never use bootcamp, so don't want the dedicated space for it on the SSD. I'll just use a VM when needed. So, what's the best approach for new drive? Clone with Carbon Copy Cloner. (Can this preserve the Lion recovery partition but NOT bootcamp? I'm unclear on this...) Install SSD, do internet recovery using Command-R, but do Restore from Time Machine backup instead of fresh install (I believe this is now possible on 2010 MBP, with latest EFI update, even with a new HD install and no recovery partition) Fresh install Lion on SSD using Internet Recovery Command-R. If I do a fresh install, then: Use Migration assistant to transfer apps/settings/files from old drive connected via USB or my latest time machine backup. Carbon Copy Cloner certainly seems the most straightforward/fewest steps. But, is it the best way to go? And, will it create the recovery partition, but not bootcamp? (Actually, do I even need the recovery partition now that 2010's can do internet recovery? Or can I just create it later?) Should I free up more space on my drive before I start, since it currently has 230GB, and the SSD is only 256? Once the SSD is installed and all my stuff restored, my plan is to: - Change boot disk in system preferences to new SSD (do this on first startup) - Run Repair permissions (do on first start up) - Remove DVD and install old disk in optibay. - Transfer my ~90GB iTunes library to the old drive, so I will end up with plenty of space on the SSD. - Should I turn off sudden motion sensor, or do I keep that since I'm putting the old drive - I guess current practice is to disable the hibernate or deep sleep write RAM function. I kind of like that security though, how bad on the SSD is it to leave that? I have 8GB ram. - Probably will not enable TRIM I'm just really confused by all the different methods, and which is best to end up with just the Lion recovery partition (if I even need that), no bootcamp, and a stable OS load. I really want to have all my ducks in a row, because once I start, I'll only have my iPad to browse if anything goes wrong, and that's a tad painful. Thanks to all who share their advice/experience!